NEW ORLEANS —
“It’s a little sad to think that next year we’ll be gone, the year after Louisville will be gone,” McGraw added. “A shame it has to end, but what a way to go out.”
And perhaps there could be no better place to go out than New Orleans, where funerals routinely take the form of festive jazz “second line” parades.
Auriemma certainly knows what it’s like to celebrate in the Big Easy.
This will be the third women’s Final Four held in New Orleans, and all three have involved UConn teams coached by Auriemma. Connecticut lost in the semifinals in 1991, but won it all in 2004, punctuated by Diana Taurasi punting the ball into the New Orleans Arena stands as the clock hit zero against Tennessee.