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Monday, February 27, 2012

UConn's title streak in jeopardy

UConn does not often find itself in the position it was in on Monday night.

The Huskies loss to Notre Dame in January and defeat to St. John's last week puts the Huskies in the position of needing to beat the Fighting Irish just to secure a share of the Big East regular-season title.

UConn doesn't particularly like to share Big East titles, only doing so during the 1989-90 season (Providence), 1997-98 (Rutgers) and 2000-01 (Notre Dame).

"Obviously we wouldn't want to share it because we kind of screwed ourselves on that one, we kind of lost that opportunity but this is by far our last chance," UConn junior forward Kelly Faris said. "We lost a couple others and we still had more of the season to try to fix it. This time, it is still there and still up for grabs but we have to get it right this time and there is no room for mistakes this time. It is a good feeling to know it is still there but at the same time it is very little room for mistakes."

It is an opinion shared by her head coach.

"If you are trying to win a championship, you are always trying to figure out what do we have to do to win it," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Once we lost the Notre Dame game, we have an opportunity if we win every game so it is like a playoff game. When we were undefeated we were trying to win every game to stay undefeated in the league so that is kind of like a playoff game. League games, I think should be like that, league games should be similar to playoff games."

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