The afternoon after. A look back at an amazing night in Storrs.
STORRS: It was a day that landed well into the next by the time all the celebrations were over, the stories written, but for the first time since we at LCS have been covering the dominance that is the UConn woman, all that celebrating occurred in the sleepy little town/city know as Storrs, CT.
When they Huskies had secured their unprecedented 100th straight win, Gampel Pavilion, a place where so many great things have occurred over the Geno Auriemma decades, looked more like a venue where someone had just won a National Championship.
Money (Geno money) flowed from above while fans were handed commemorative cards that noted the night and the accomplishment while the players, coaches, former coaches and media stayed on the court like they have so many times after winning a title.
The tradition at UConn runs so deep, the respect the former players have shown to the program by being on hand for every great moment, helps the current crop of players understand just how special the program they are a part of is.
There was Breanna Stewart making an entrance behind the UConn bench just before game time, hugging her coaches and drawing a roar from the faithful as she appeared on the big screens.
Same when Maya Moore and Sue Bird found their seats along a very impressive group of stars who remember their time on the hardwood at Gampel.
As the celebration on the court continued, there was a group picture of the players, current and former, along with the coaches who helped push and prodded them to greatness, including a newborn courtesy of Bria Hartley, who made the trip as well.
Sports Center was broadcast live from the concourse level and Steve Levy handled the on-court duties that including interviewing the games star, Gabby Williams who continues to cement her legacy as a UConn great and think about it, she can only get better.
If the junior stand out’s offense catches up to the rest of her game, as it did on Monday with 26 points, look out world.
The smile that Williams had as she prepared for her interview was priceless. One thing UConn players have been taught to do is to enjoy these moments, they may come often, but relish them none the less.
There was UConn Athletic Director David Benedict soaking in every moment of the on-court party along with American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco who is still so glad he has this basketball program at the heart of his conference.
A student section that was flooded with white was loud and crazed an hour before game time and erupted with each positive play that came from the Huskies.
It was as loud and energetic as I have ever seen the old building and harkened back to the days when all this winning was new and beating Pat Summitt and Tennessee was unheard of but happened here.
The sports world revolved around the University of Connecticut woman’s program on Monday, starting with Auriemma making an appearance on Good Morning America with old friend Robin Roberts before continuing in Storrs with the legendary Holly Rowe, who Geno and his team adore.
As it should have. That was something.