The final seconds were ticking off the clock, Connecticut was on the cusp of yet another trip to the Final Four, and the prime-time players could finally exhale.
The starters who fueled an improbable season of perfection shared the joy. All five players took part in the same accomplishment a year ago, but this was different. This was theirs.
“It felt good that we kind of did something for ourselves,” Gabby Williams said after UConn’s 90-52 win over Oregon on Monday night.
They’ve been doing it for themselves for the past four months. The team that was considered vulnerable and beatable after last season’s leaders — Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck —...