With 7:35 left in the fourth quarter against Stanford, Olivia Nelson-Ododa stepped up to the line with the chance to give UConn a commanding eight-point lead.
The first free throw took a nearly direct route to the basket — a line drive that somehow went through the cylinder.
The second hit the front of the rim and took a friendly bounce that rolled up and over into the net.
“The two free throws, one was like a bullet, and the other one hit the bottom of the rim and somehow rolled up and went in,”
Geno Auriemma said postgame. “I don’t want to say ‘Hand of God’ but there was definite intervention there for those two to go in.”
While neither were pretty, they got the job done — a perfect representation of the Huskies’ 63-58 victory over Stanford in the Final Four.
Nothing about UConn’s performance was pleasant to the eye but they made the plays they needed to in order to move on.
In the NCAA Tournament, that’s all that matters.“The things we needed to do when we had to do them, we came up big
Auriemma said. “We made a couple big plays, and by some unknown miracle, we’re playing Sunday night.”
UConn women’s basketball
For the Huskies, everything started on the defensive end.