Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, right, drives around Cincinnati's Jasmine Whitfield, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. Connecticut won 72-42. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Here's something you don't see everyday, even in Storrs where winning has become part of the fabric of the women's basketball program: the starting five earned All-American honors this week. Sophomore Breanna Stewart, who is making her case for the best person to make their way through Auriemma's program, was a unanimous first-team Associated Press All-American selection.
Seniors Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson were named to the second team, while sophomore Moriah Jefferson, and junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed 12 games with an elbow injury and mononucleosis, earned honorable mentions.
This is the second time during Auriemma's tenure that this has happened; in 2001-2002, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones and Tamika Williams managed the feat, as well as winning three straight national titles. And as usually happens, Auriemma serves as the voice of reason.
"I know we live in a day and age where whatever you did yesterday was the greatest thing that's ever happened in the history of world, because everybody tells you on social media," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said, via the Hartford Courant. "Hey, did you see what happened? That's the greatest ever. Nothing like that has ever happened before. But when you've been through it like we have, I never like to say that about any of my teams because it's OK what other people say. I think it's flattering and it's admirable that they would say that about our players.
"I coached a team in 2002 that had four guys that were on the Olympic team. Two of them started for the last couple of Olympics. So you don't want to put that on anybody. I don't know that anybody is ready to compare [Moriah Jefferson] and Bria Hartley to Sue and D[iana]. That's not fair to Bria and that's not fair to [Moriah].
"I just like the fact that I think we have the best starting five in the country this year and I'll leave it at that."
Given that the Huskies have yet to lose and are two games from winning back-to-back championships, that might be more than enough.