Huskies Not Immune To Heartbreaking Losses Despite Great Success

The Huskies have attained such greatness over the years that it is easy to forget some of the heartbreaking defeats that they have suffered along the way. There are not many, of course. But beginning with Tuesday’s 61-59 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame in the Big East tournament final at the XL Center, here is look back at a few that UConn has endured since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Notre Dame 61, UConn 59 Tuesday (XL Center): The Huskies had the ball with 37.7 seconds left and the game tied at 59. But they were unable to make a play offensively. Ultimately, Skylar Diggins stepped in front of a pass by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, drove up the floor and found Natalie Achonwa for a game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds left.

Notre Dame 73, UConn 72 Jan. 5, 2013 (Gampel Pavilion): Diggins gave the Irish a one-point lead by making two free throws with 49.4 seconds left. Breanna Stewart would miss two jumpers before Mosqueda-Lewis eventually missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with six seconds left.

St. John’s 57, UConn 56 Feb. 18, 2012 (Gampel Pavilion): The Huskies took a 56-54 on a layup by Stefanie Dolson with 34.3 seconds left. But Shenneika Smith would make a game-winning 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left. Bria Hartley then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. The loss snapped UConn’s NCAA record 99-game winning streak at home.

Duke 63, UConn 61 (OT) March 28, 2006 (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport): Mel Thomas forced overtime by making a pull-up jumper in the lane with 20.9 seconds in regulation in the NCAA Bridgeport regional final. Trailing 63-58 in overtime, Willnett Crockett brought UConn back with a three-point play with 45.9 seconds left. But Charde Houston’s potential game-tying baseline jumper rimmed out in the final seconds.

Boston College 51, UConn 48 Feb. 26, 2005 (Conte Forum, Boston): Sarah Marshall’s jumper with 30.5 seconds left gave the Eagles a 50-48 lead. Houston then missed a jumper in the lane with 20 seconds left. Ann Strother threw up an air ball with 12 seconds left. And, finally, Strother chose to drive the baseline instead of attempting a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the corner. She missed a layup with three seconds left.

Tennessee 68, UConn 67 Jan. 8, 2005 (XL Center): With UConn leading 66-62 lead with 1:03 left, Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood answered with an NBA-range three-pointer with 49.5 seconds left and a three-point with 15.4 seconds left to give the Lady Vols a 68-66 lead. Strother was then fouled by Alexis Hornbuckle on a 3-point attempt from the corner with 3.9 seconds left. But after making the first free throw, she missed the next two.

Villanova 59, UConn 56 Feb. 28, 2004 (The Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.): Diana Taurasi tied the game at 54 with 2:47 remaining. But Liad Suez made a jumper with 56 seconds left and Jackie Adamshick made three free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. A long 3-pointer by Taurasi rimmed out at the buzzer.

Duke 68, UConn 67 Jan. 3, 2004 (XL Center): The Huskies led by 20 in the first half and 64-50 with 3:53 left. But Duke used its fullcourt pressure to force seven turnovers. The Blue Devils tied the game at 65 on a jumper by Alana Beard with 40.2 seconds left. Taurasi then made a jumper to give UConn a 67-65 lead with 4.7 seconds left. However, Jessica Foley followed with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. The loss snapped UConn’s then-NCAA record-tying 69-game winning streak at home.

Tennessee 72, UConn 71 Feb. 2, 2000 (Gampel Pavilion): There were three lead changes in the final 30 seconds. With UConn leading 69-68, Semeka Randall banked in a jumper with 28 seconds left to give the Lady Vols the lead. Sue Bird answered with a go-ahead runner for the Huskies with 17 seconds left. But Randall did it again for Tennessee, making a game-winning jumper with 4.4 seconds left. A layup attempt by Tamika Williams hit the bottom of the backboard at the buzzer.