Kellie Harper

 (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

The University of Connecticut women's basketball program has been here before in the fall of 2004.

Six months earlier, Diana Taurasi kicked the ball high into the New Orleans Arena stands as the Huskies celebrated a third straight national championship. But when the 2004-05 campaign began, there was no Taurasi, no Maria Conlon and very little thought of making it four in a row.

"We weren't thinking that back then," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Back then it wasn't as pronounced as it is now. It's a different cast of characters. The lead actor in the play had moved off-Broadway. It's like watching The Producers without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Even though we were trying to do the same thing in 2005 we are now, it's not the same feeling. If Diana could've stayed another year or was a year younger … But it was a different time."

Tags: Geno Auriemma, Kellie Harper, Carl Adamec
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