Saturday was the perfect day in UConn sports -- the only thing that could have made it better was an announcement from President Susan Herbst that the school was moving to a new conference.
That announcement remains in the dreams of Husky fans, but UConn Country can sleep easy knowing that next week, the UConn women's basketball team will be No. 1 in the country and men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is not going anywhere, at least for the next five years.
UConn got wins from both its basketball teams today, a 7-2 win from the men's hockey team in the UConn Classic, and fans got the long-awaited news on their new head coach. Here's a look back at all the action today.
Score: No. 2 UConn 61, No. 1 Stanford 35
Stars: UConnKaleena Mosqueda-Lewis: 19 Pts, 6 Reb. Stefanie Dolson: 10 Pts, 14 Reb. Kelly Faris: 10 Pts, 3 Stl.
Story: The UConn women went in to Saturday's game in an unusual situation. They were No. 2 in the nation, going to a place where they had never won a game, playing against a team that had not been defeated on their home court in 82 games. A lot of people thought it would be easy to write off the Huskies.
Never write off the Huskies.
It was an ugly affair at the start, setting the tone for a typical UConn-Stanford match-up. While it stayed that way for Stanford, who couldn't get a shot to fall for their lives, UConn heated up and the Huskies rolled over the Cardinal, getting a 26-point win against the so-called No. 1 team in the nation.
While Chiney Ogwumike still put in a productive performance for the Cardinal, getting 18 points and 13 rebounds, but UConn's bigs were able to keep her from taking over and overall, the Huskies were sound defensively. Stanford shot only 19 percent from the floor and made only 11 shots, despite outrebounding the Huskies 40-37.
For the Cardinal, it was the first time they lost by 20 or more at Maples Pavilion since 1986.
Score: UConn 61, Washington 53
Stars: UConn: Omar Calhoun: 14 Pts, 2 Ast. Shabazz Napier: 13 Pts, 4 Ast, 8 Reb, 3 Stl. Enosch Wolf: 2 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Blk, 1 Stl
Story: The day got started on a high note for UConn as Athletic Director Warde Manuel announced that Coach Kevin Ollie signed a five-year extension. Ollie responded with admiration for the school and a declaration that he would build the program as if he were going to be there for life.
The team responded with a big win to end the non-conference part of the schedule, defeating Washington in front of a small crowd as a result of the heavy snow falling across the state.
It was not the cleanest game by the Huskies, but they were able to grab their 10th win of the season.
UConn struggled from three-point range, shooting 2-14, but finished at 46.8 percent overall from the floor.
Despite what looked like a modest game in the box score, junior center Enosch Wolf played surprisingly well for the home team. At 7'1", Wolf was diving all over the floor and was a monster defensively, with nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Wolf had the play of the game, going full-extension to get to an alley-oop pass from Omar Calhoun and threw down with two hands, nearly taking the rim with him to the ground.
UConn now heads into the Big East schedule, travelling to Marquette for a New Years' Day opener.