Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

1.The Lady Huskies are working their way to the top … again

Could Geno Auriemma and the Uconn Huskies be making a comeback? Ok, so they never really left, so to speak, but Auriemma hasn’t been experiencing the same “destroy-every-team-that-he-faces” type of success lately.

But Uconn’s victory over No. 3 LSU may be the rebirth of Auriemma’s dominance. Playing their fifth game in 10 days didn’t seem to affect the No. 5 Huskies. And playing a mere 20 minutes since Nov. 20 didn’t seem to affect sophomore Charde Houston, as just put up 22 points, including the game-winning free-throw in the last 17 seconds, and brought down 14 rebounds.
 
Not only did Uconn make it happen offensively, but they kept up on the defensive end as well. LSU’s national player of the year Seimone Augustus and their 6-foot-6 center Sylvia Fowles were both kept to scoring levels well below their averages.
 
With five national championships already under Auriemma’s belt, his team this year may bring in his sixth. In my mind, the top three teams in women’s basketball thus far are Tennesse, Duke and Uconn. If Ann Strother and Charde Houston continue to play the way they’ve been playing, they could pose a major threat to their competitors, especially when it starts to really count.