UConn has already had five perfect seasons, but this could be the most historic yet. The Huskies, winners of 46 games in a row, are taking aim at a three-peat and the program's 10th title in Geno Auriemma's 30th season.
On a roster full of former WNBA MVPs, Tina Charles might be the most important player when Team USA takes on France, which beat the Americans in an exhibition less than two weeks ago, in Friday's world championship quarterfinals.
A month ago, the best players on the best teams in the WNBA clashed in one of the top games of the playoffs. On Sunday, they joined forces, as players such as Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore stepped up to lead USA Basketball past Serbia.
It's not that the Americans won't face some challenges or can sleepwalk their way onto the medal stand, but this U.S. squad, which beat China 87-56 in the FIBA opener, is one that can control its fate.
The U.S. women's basketball team will be favored in the world championship no matter whom it selects, but deciding which superb players to leave off the squad will be brutally difficult, writes Mechelle Voepel.
No matter the opponent, no matter the stage, no matter the names of his players, Geno Auriemma keeps yielding the same result: NCAA titles. And UConn's road to a record ninth championship was no different.