Once again, Shoni Schimmel fell short on the court against UConn, but Monday was about more than one game. It was a chance to celebrate someone who has become a part of the Louisville community and united the Native American nation.
Playing short-handed, it was clear Friday just how small Connecticut's margin for error is right now. But in putting together a 72-55 victory over No. 8 Maryland, the gap between the Huskies and the rest of the country remains.
She's a 6-foot-4 freshman forward who has yet to score her first point for UConn. But if the Huskies are to be more than the best of the rest after Baylor, it's likely to have a lot to do with Breanna Stewart.
Through most of this season, it was never clear who the Huskies could count on to lead the way. But Tuesday, with a very animated Geno Auriemma spearheading the effort, UConn jelled to win the Big East tourney title.