Seconds left, Boatright has the ball. UConn is going to win the national championship. My mind is racing. Who do I focus on at the buzzer? There are 20 photographers on my side of the court, some of the best sports shooters in the country. Probably 90-100 cameras between us all. But not one photographer is making a sound. We are all locked in, ready to go. Seconds are counting down, Boatright is just dribbling in circles. The buzzer sounds. UConn wins it’s 4th national championship. Mayhem, the roar of the crowd. Players are jumping into each others arms. Confetti fills the arena. Not one photographer moves. We are just picking our targets and capturing the moment. And the moment does not last long. The players are in an emotional high for these few seconds. These are the photos we need. Holding a trophy and cutting down nets later will make good photographs but these few seconds are the real deal. One minute later a small stage appears at center court. The team climbs up. We move into position and lock in our lenses once again. Then, BAM! A monster confetti gun fires, filling the arena and we can’t see a thing. Who’s idea was that? The paper and smoke clears and we get to work. Deadline is looming.
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After the game, UConn senior guard, Shabazz Napier, explained to the crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas how UConn defeated the odds, and some of the country’s highest ranked teams, to win their fourth national title. They were hungry. They were the “Hungry Huskies.” UConn left it all on the floor as they beat an extremely talented Kentucky team by a score of 60 to 53.
Click here to read Dom Amore game story and click here to read his story about how this championship will be a goldmine for recruiting, and a new contract for the coach. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs column on how the Huskies won the championship by climbing one step at a time.
On Monday afternoon UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said “There’s no matchup for Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd. I don’t think anybody in the country has figured out how to guard those two. And I’m not sure we’re going to be able to guard them either.” Maryland thought they had a plan but Notre Dame dispatched them easily with an 87-61 victory. Now two undefeated teams will compete for the national championship Tuesday night. For Lori Riley’s story on the rivalry click here:
Notre Dame and UConn did not play each other this year and the rivalry has become more intense over the years so Tuesday nights game should be a beauty. For more photos of how the two teams reached the final click here:
The game ended much differently than it started. Midway through the first period, UConn was down by twelve points, 16 to 4. But after a called timeout UConn roared back to score 11 unanswered points, which saw DeAndrea Daniels hit the three-point- shots. When UConn ended the first half with a three point lead, the tide had turned, and the Huskies had the waves at their back the rest of the way. UConn defeated the Florida Gators Saturday night to advance the the NCAA Division I Championship game against Kentucky Monday.
Click here to read Dom Amore’s game story. Click here to read Paul Doyle’s story on Shabazz Napier, the kid from Roxbury. Click here to read Jeff Jacobs’ column about UConn being one game away from redemption. Click here for Dom Amore story on UConn brimming with confidence.