81-50 UCONN. What a game! A stumble on both sides at the top, the Buckeyes gave UCONN quite a game until the 2nd half, when that famous UCONN endurance kicked in and they broke away.
The reason for this endurance is because UCONN’s coach, Geno Auriemma, trains his players like the men’s teams do, with weight and endurance training. He started that practice in Women’s College Basketball, and the trend is growing. It’s changing the women’s game all over.
There’s been a lot of talk about how the women’s game is different than the men’s game, and as a hardcore fan of basketball in general, I can tell you this is true. But there are reasons for that. WCBB is relatively new, and unlike the men’s teams, the players don’t get the benefit of a lifetime of practice. Women usually start playing in high school, so their curve is longer. That is changing, though, as the women’s game grows in popularity and more scholarship funds go to women players.
What’s amazing about UCONN is that their game is every bit as good as the men’s game. They dominate because they are that good. They are changing the face of women’s basketball and because of their work, very shortly I think we will see a whole conference with skill as good, if not better, than the men’s.
And let’s not forget most of these women are doing this with GPAs of 3.5 and higher. You don’t see that in the men’s game.
Congratulations UCONN Huskies on your historic win today. Now it’s on to Tuesday and an attempt to BEAT UCLA’s record (airing on ESPN2!). Go Huskies!