Breanna Stewart made it her goal to win four titles in her career at UConn. Now she and her Huskies are six wins away from accomplishing that unprecedented feat.
"Honestly, I don't feel that much pressure," Stewart said. "The pressure was more last year or my sophomore season, just because I needed those to finish this one. Now, it's just this is it. This is my last try."
The Huskies haven't really talked about the history they could make over the next three weeks.
"They know obviously that this is an opportunity for them to win the fourth national championship. They know that," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "And they've known it since the first time we met at half court there for the first day of practice. The only other time it has been mentioned is in passing when they do something stupid and I say, 'Teams that are trying to do something great, they don't do that stuff, not in March."
UConn's road to a fourth straight national championship will begin at home.
The Huskies were the top overall seed in the women's NCAA Tournament that was revealed Monday night. UConn (32-0) won't have to leave the state until the Final Four in Indianapolis. The Huskies are in the Bridgeport Regional.
Joining the Huskies as the other No. 1 seeds are South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor. UConn has already beaten the Gamecocks and Irish this season. The Huskies would face Baylor on April 3 in the national semifinals if both teams advance that far.
Both UConn and Tennessee won three straight women's titles, but no women's team has four consecutive championships. The UCLA men's team won seven in a row. A title this year would give Auriemma 11 in his career, breaking a tie with vaunted UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden.
First up for the Huskies, who have been a No. 1 seed for 10 straight years, is 16-seed Robert Morris. The Colonials won the NEC championship.