Last year’s Senior Day was actually a Senior Night and it was one UConn will remember for some time for the wrong reasons.
Two hours after saying goodbye to Tiffany Hayes, the Huskies said so long to an 18-year winning streak compiled following fond farewells.
Shenneika Smith’s three-pointers with eight seconds left gave St. John’s a one-point win which also snapped the Huskies’ 99-game home court winning streak and was the Huskies’ first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.
After the game, Geno Auriemma said loss was a attributed to “a perfect storm” that raged the Red Storm’s way.
Saturday afternoon, the Huskies will try to make good for Kelly Faris, Caroline Doty, Heather Buck and five senior managers.
With a meteorological storm brewing outside Gampel Pavilion, the No. 3 Huskies will try to care of business, ceremonial and otherwise, by defeating Seton Hall.
Following Monday’s loss to No. 1 Baylor, the win would extend to 720 the number of games UConn (25-2, 12-1) has played since 1993 without consecutive losses.
It also would clinch a bye in the quarterfinals for the Huskies in the upcoming Big East tournament. The Huskies have three regular-season games remaining beginning Tuesday against Pittsburgh at the XL Center.
The season ends with games at South Florida Saturday and Notre Dame March 4. If both the Huskies and Irish win their remaining Big East games, UConn will need to win to share the conference title. A coin flip will then determine the first seed in the tournament.