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Dynasty – Ten Titles

For the past three weeks or so, I’ve been holed up trying to edit more than 20 years of photographs of the UConn women’s basketball team for a book on the 10 NCAA Championships they’ve won. A daunting task in many ways since we were limited to about 10-12 pages per chapter. Daunting, too, given the reality of how technology has changed from their first victory against Tennessee in 1995, when our photographers were still shooting film, to this year when Cloe Poisson and Michael McAndrews covered them during each round digitally shooting both stills and video to try to satisfy the enormous appetite of our readers online, in print and through social media.

My how times have changed.

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Minneapolis, MN 4.2.1995 UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma has enjoyed the ride that led to his first national championship. His players hoist him perfectly on their shoulders and carry him off the court. Photo by Brad Clift / The Hartford Courant

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Passages from the Hartford Courant’s book,“Dynasty: UConn Women’s Ten-Title Season”, were used in each chapter here were written by John Altavilla, Hartford Courant UConn women’s basketball beat reporter.

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UConn Buzzer Beaters

The UConn men’s basketball team has a history of winning at the buzzer. These nail-biting moments turn the volume up to 11 inside the arenas but they also give the sports photographers fits. In Friday’s AAC quarterfinal game against Cincinnati, the choice was easy: focus on Boatright. He nailed a 3 pointer with 0.2 seconds left on the clock.  All five players on the floor grabbed their point guard and danced across the court in a giant group hug. Classic. Next match-up is Tulsa in the semi-finals. Can they top this?

UConn Ryan Boatright 's 3 at the buzzer wins it for UConn and the team celebrates. Rodney Purvis, Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton, and Omar Calhoun, left to rt.

UConn Ryan Boatright ‘s 3 at the buzzer wins it for UConn and the team celebrates. Rodney Purvis, Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton, and Omar Calhoun, left to rt. STEPHEN DUNN|sdunn@courant.com

REMEMBER THIS ONE?With the clock winding down, Kemba Walker worked the floor and got off this shot at the buzzer to break a tie with Pitt and win the game in the 2011 Big East Tourney. They went on to win the NCAA championship that year.

REMEMBER THIS ONE?With the clock winding down, Kemba Walker worked the floor and got off this shot at the buzzer to break a tie with Pitt and win the game in the 2011 Big East Tourney. They went on to win the NCAA championship that year. STEPHEN DUNN|sdunn@courant.com

AND THIS?  Only a year ago, Ryan Boatright screams at the buzzer and is held aloft by Kentan Facey as his team become national champions.

AND THIS? Only a year ago, Ryan Boatright screams at the buzzer and is held aloft by Kentan Facey as his team become national champions.  STEPHEN DUNN|sdunn@courant.com

 

 

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Out on a Limb

03.11.2015 - Bloomfield, Ct.  - "Work with me here, I'm trying to help you," said Vincent Boyce, a City of Hartford gardener, as he tried to coax a kitten from a tree in Elizabeth Park. The kitten was one of three apparently abandoned cats that found by walkers Wednesday afternoon in the western edge of the park. Boyce was unable to get the kitten out of the tree, walker Nina Sakun of Hartford took home one of the cats. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.11.2015 – Bloomfield, Ct. – “Work with me here, I’m trying to help you,” said Vincent Boyce, a City of Hartford gardener, while trying to coax a kitten from a tree in Elizabeth Park. The kitten was one of three apparently abandoned cats found by walkers Wednesday afternoon in the western edge of the park. Walker Nina Sakun took one of the kittens home and Boyce was unable to remove this from the tree. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Buffalo Shoveler

03.02.2015 - Mansfield, Ct.  - "We used to play on it as kids. My brother tried to get me to jump off it with an umbrella," says Bruce Potter, 77, shoveling snow in his driveway in front of a billboard featuring a buffalo. The billboard frame, he says, has been next to his residence since before, my dad built the home in 1927. "They tell me I'm too old to be out here but, what the hell, you gotta die somehow." The week's forecast calls for temperatures climbing into the 40's by midweek with a chance of rain on Wednesday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.02.2015 – Mansfield, Ct. – “We used to play on it as kids. My brother tried to get me to jump off it with an umbrella,” says Bruce Potter, 77, shoveling snow in his driveway in front of a billboard featuring a buffalo. The billboard frame, he says, has been next to his residence since before, my dad built the home in 1927. “They tell me I’m too old to be out here but, what the hell, you gotta die somehow.” The week’s forecast calls for temperatures climbing into the 40’s by midweek with a chance of rain on Wednesday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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UConn Defeats SMU 81-73

03.01.2015 - Hartford, Ct.  - UConn's Rodney Purvis celebrates after dropping two-points and getting fouled by Ryan Manuel of SMU in the second half. Purvis scored a team and career high 28-points as the Huskies defeated No. 21 Southern Methodist University 81-73 for their first win against an AP-ranked team this season. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.01.2015 – Hartford, Ct. – UConn’s Rodney Purvis celebrates after dropping two-points and getting fouled by Ryan Manuel of SMU in the second half. Purvis scored a team and career high 28-points as the Huskies defeated No. 21 Southern Methodist University 81-73 for their first win against an AP-ranked team this season. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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