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REIGN OF THE HUSKIES

Even in this age, when a UConn title is right up there with death and taxes, the Huskies' fourth straight win is a really big deal. We break down the numbers on how UConn has remained so dominant over this four-year run -- and the past, oh, decade or two.

They win in October -- and keep winning in March.

The Huskies have 151 wins (and, uh, five losses) in the past four seasons, more than any other team in the NCAA. The 2012 recruiting class of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck (who sat out the 2013-14 season because of an injury) played through two undefeated seasons -- no other program has more than one in its history. This class has the second-best winning percentage in UConn history -- trailing Maya Moore's class by less than a percentage point -- not to mention a 75-game win streak, third-longest in Division I history.

Winningest programs, 2012-16


And then they completely dominate in April.

UConn's 11th -- yes, 11th -- title is impressive enough on its own, especially since they've all come in the past 22 years. Then consider the fact that UConn has another four Final Four appearances in that period, and their tournament dominance becomes even more clear: The Huskies missed the Final Four only seven times in 22 years. In fact, in the past decade, the Huskies have never lost before the Elite Eight (that has happened only twice since 1992-93).

UConn's past 10 tournament runs


They don't ever let up. Ever.

This season, the Huskies outscored their opponents by almost 40 points per game, the second-highest point differential in women's basketball history (behind last season's squad). Of the Huskies' past 123 games, 122 have been wins -- all of which came in double digits. In fact, the last time Connecticut won a game by fewer than 10 points was a six-point win over St. John's on Feb. 2, 2013. Connecticut has outscored its opponents by 239 points this tournament, the highest scoring margin in women's NCAA tournament history.

Highest average margin of victory, 2015-16


They let Breanna Stewart be Breanna Stewart.

Because when you're this good, it doesn't take much else. Much has been written about the 6-foot-4 forward who has won four titles -- not to mention four MOP awards, three AP Player of the Year awards and two Wade Trophies -- but the bottom line is that Stewart has grounds to lay claims to the title of UConn's best player ever, and that's no small feat in this program. And in her four years in Storrs, she has gotten even better in the tournament, with huge increases in points and rebounds per game.

Points

Rebounds

Field Goal Percentage


They recruit top players -- and make them better

Recruiting players to UConn isn't exactly a hard sell ("Hey, remember that time we won four straight national titles?"), but coach Geno Auriemma is famously picky in recruiting only players that he thinks will fit in well with his system. Perhaps that helps explain why UConn has had the No. 1 recruiting class only once in the past five years (not surprisingly, it was the 2012 class that featured Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson). A year later, UConn's class didn't even rank in the top 20. Still, the Huskies claim at least a few top recruits most years, and they still lead all programs with 31 McDonald's All-Americans -- they've had at least four on their roster every year since 2002-03.

ESPN W Top 100 recruits signed by UConn, last 10 years

Most McDonald's All Americans by program


They listen to Geno.

Monday's championship win marked Auriemma's 11th -- which saw him pass John Wooden for the most in D-I basketball history. In fact, across all of college basketball and the four major professional sports, Phil Jackson is the only coach with as many titles as Auriemma. He's also one of only six coaches across sports who are perfect in championship games, and at 11-0, Auriemma has the best record. His influence -- along with that of his top assistant, Chris Dailey -- is well-documented, but suffice to say this: In the 11 seasons before he arrived, UConn had a winning record only once. In the 31 under Auriemma, the Huskies had only one losing season -- his first.

Geno Auriemma wins last 10 years


Statistics from ESPN Stats & Information.

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