Women's Hoops Blog

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Tonight, UConn goes for #71.


That is... almost incomprehensible. Unless you're John Wooden. Or Russ Rose. Or Geno Auriemma.

And, says Mechelle, while Streak might not seem exciting, the journey is full of scene-stealing moments

We all learn in high school English/drama class about Freytag's pyramid, also referred to as the "dramatic arc:" exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement.

With UConn during this 70-game streak, it has been more like: exposition ("We're starting the season with the goal of winning a national championship"), action that doesn't really rise or fall ("We win all our games by double digits"), and what they hope will be a repeat denouement from last season ("We win the national championship").

What kind of movie is that? The thing is, even though it might not seem very exciting, it's still exceedingly well-made. And there are little moments in each scene (game) that can be thrilling separate of the overall context of the picture. Something like Maya Moore's breakaway finger roll on Sunday against the Orange, for example.