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.
Louisville was physical, committed and had a plan. But as the No. 4 Cardinals learned in a 17-point loss to top-ranked UConn, Huskies sophomore Breanna Stewart is increasingly impossible to guard.
Connecticut is the heavy favorite in the new American Athletic Conference.
Defending national champion UConn is the unanimous No. 1 as espnW.com's panel of contributors cast their preseason rankings.
With Connecticut's latest title, senior Kelly Faris was able to bring the Huskies' championship story full circle.
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and South Florida guard Andrea Smith are the unanimous selections to the All-Big East team.
They're just getting started, but players such as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Elizabeth Williams and Ariel Massengale are having a big impact already.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has been compared to Maya Moore for similarities in personality, appearance and jump shot. And she's wearing No. 23.