UConn Rising Again: It’s Only a Matter of Time Before UConn is Back on Top of Women’s College Basketball

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UConn Rising Again: The UConn Women’s Basketball program has not won a National Championship since 2016, but this should not be the case for long. Ever since Geno Auriemma accepted the head coaching role in 1985, UConn began trending towards the top of college basketball.

By no means has UConn fallen off the map since they cut down the net in 2016. The Huskies have made three straight Final Four appearances since their last national title. However, they have not been able to finish the job in the past three seasons.

DO NOT get used to the Huskies coming up short in March. UConn will be back on top of women’s college basketball very soon. 

Paige Bueckers is Coming into Her Own   

Paige Bueckers was the number one recruit in the class of 2020. Bueckers was pinned as the next great thing before she even set foot in Storrs, Connecticut. I was skeptical about Bueckers which made me think that she was going to be a non-factor during her freshman year.

Wow, was I wrong…

Bueckers has consistently been the best player for the Huskies through the halfway point of the season. The guard is averaging 19.6 points per game.

When she’s clicking, she does not miss. Bueckers is shooting 56% from the field which is extraordinary for a freshman in major college basketball.

Against St. Johns on February 3rd, Bueckers established herself as one of the elite guards in the nation. Bueckers dropped 32 points from the field and went 5 for 6 from behind the arc.  

Bueckers is the real deal and she is going to carry the load in Connecticut for years to come. Bueckers will achieve All-American honors as a freshman if she continues her dominance through the end of the season. 

The 2020-21 Huskies Have No Seniors

UConn is the 3rd ranked program in the AP Top 25. The team is 12-1 and on pace to earn a one seed in the NCAA Tournament. This record is one that you would expect from a team that’s loaded with senior athletes.

This is not the case with the Huskies. UConn does not have a senior on their 2020-21 roster. The team has seven freshman, two sophomores, and three juniors. 

Most of the underclassmen are being used in a supporting role, but if these athletes progress, they will be dominant in the coming seasons.

The team’s three juniors, Christyn Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, and Evina Westbrook play a major role on the floor. These three still have one more year to wreak havoc at the collegiate level so the current roster should be a positive sign for Geno Auriemma. 

UConn Rising Again: Top Recruiting Classes Every Year

When you are consistently at the top of college basketball, you sign better recruits. That is the way that collegiate athletics work in any sport. 

Geno Auriemma has established a culture of winning at Connecticut. He has won the most National Championships as a head coach in Division I basketball history with 11. His team has not missed a Final Four since 2008.

These accolades make Five Star recruits want to play for the Huskies. Auriemma’s 2021 class is collectively better than his 2020 signees. For the second year in a row, Auriemma locked up the number one recruit in the nation. In 2020, it was Paige Bueckers and in 2021, it’s Azzi Fudd.

Fudd is a 5’11” guard from Washington D.C. The Huskies also signed Caroline Ducharme, who is the 5th ranked player in the class of 2021. All four of the 2021 commits were ranked in the ESPN 100. 

Recruits are the lifeblood of any college program. The 2021 UConn class is special, and it will help continue the culture of excellence that Auriemma has established throughout his program. 

NCAA Women’s Basketball should be on notice because the Huskies are coming to reclaim their crown very soon. With Paige Bueckers, no current seniors, and a top 2021 recruiting class, the Huskies will be very tough to beat for the foreseeable future. 

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Tanner Kern is a former Division I football player at Lafayette College and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is currently a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.