UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Ashley Hughes' final shot for the University of Tulsa women's basketball team went around the rim and in for her Saturday. But UConn's Molly Bent had bumped her on the floor before the release of the foul-line jumper, and though the senior guard tried a bit to sell the hoop to the officials, the call would only allow her team to maintain possession.
It would also be her last play for the Golden Hurricane. With 1:45 to go, Hughes left the Mohegan Sun Arena floor having left everything she had on it. After slapping hands with her coaches and teammates down the sidelines she took a seat and looked at the scoreboard that showed her team facing a 46-point deficit.
At the final buzzer of UConn's 105-57 victory in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, Hughes slapped the floor with the palms of her hands. The Huskies had pushed their winning streak to 105, but Hughes was not beaten. The toughest women's basketball player on the planet went out with her head held high.