The University of Connecticut set several records with its 140-52 victory over Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Woman’s Basketball tournament. Not only did Connecticut break the record for most points scored in a women’s tournament game, the Huskies also set the record for most points in a quarter and a half. In sum, it was an amazing victory.
At least, it looked like an amazing victory. Soon after the game was completed, Josh Peter of USA Today wrote that Connecticut’s Coach Geno Auriemma should be “embarrassed.”
In addition, Peter argued that the win made “the women’s tournament look like a farce” and that “UConn’s win on Saturday was a loss for women’s college basketball.”
The victory on Saturday is certainly consistent with the story of women’s basketball at the University of Connecticut in the 21st century. From 2000 to 2017, the Huskies won 10 NCAA championships. This record includes three straight titles from 2002 to 2004 and four straight from 2013 to 2016.
So UConn has been dominant. But is that bad for women’s basketball?
Well, there is a problem with women’s basketball. However, I don’t think it is the Huskies’ dominance.