30 Reasons To Watch: #13
Will the six UConn players on the U.S. Women’s Basketball team outscore entire nations enroute to the gold medal?
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By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports
Forgive half of the U.S. women’s basketball team if it starts belting out the University of Connecticut fight song rather than the national anthem on the medals stand in London.
Six players schooled at UConn. Or, more accurately, they schooled opponents as the most dominant college program ever under coach Geno Auriemma — who happens to coach the girls of Summer. So, flashbacks to their campus days are inevitable.
If it is presumptuous to suggest that “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be blasted at the arena, consider: The Americans have won four straight Olympic tournaments and pulverized foes in 2008 by an average of nearly 37 points a game. The ex-Huskies — Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Ashja Jones — have a combined five gold medals.
“Do it again for the White and Blue,” goes the song often heard at UConn games. Sprinkle in a little red, and the Husky half-dozen will have attained the proper color scheme for these Games.