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Dominance Defined

UConn is the greatest program of all time, playing at a level that defies history. But that doesn’t mean the Huskies are a lock for a fifth straight title.
Gabby Williams, Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse and Katie Lou Samuelson (from left) are the new faces of the Huskies dynasty.

Connecticut women’s basketball should make us sorry for using the word “dominant” to describe anything else, ever. • The Huskies didn’t just head into the NCAA tournament with 107 straight wins. They pasted 59 of those opponents by 40 or more points. They held one (SMU) to two points in a quarter. They defeated 10 ranked teams this season despite losing their three best players from last year to the top three picks of the WNBA draft.

UConn is simply on a different plane from the programs that

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