UConn women's basketball defeated NC State in a 91-87 double-overtime classic on Monday night. The Elite Eight nail-biter went to its second extra period after Jakia Brown-Turner drained a game-tying three for the Wolfpack with less than a second remaining.
It was a clutch shot on a perfectly executed play, but the sequence had onlookers wondering the same thing.
Up three with only a few ticks remaining, why didn't Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma have his team intentionally foul to avoid this very scenario?
While hindsight is 20/20, ESPN's broadcast team discussed that very decision beforehand. It comes up just about every time there's a three-point game.
By fouling, as long as not done in the act of shooting, the other team doesn't get a chance to tie. Despite the simple calculation, teams are often afraid of the opponent hastily throwing up a shot and receiving three free throws.
It's hard to question the coaching acumen of an 11-time national champion, but Auriemma probably should have fouled. Regardless, UConn emerged victorious and advanced to its 14th consecutive Final Four appearance.