By Jeff Goldberg,Rebecca Lobo,Alysa Auriemma
For twelve years the women’s basketball contention among UConn and Tennessee was once the main iconic matchup in women’s activities. Even now, two decades because the annual sequence all started, the contest among those storied courses nonetheless provokes heated argument and sour resentment.
Led through corridor of status coaches Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt, UConn and Tennessee mixed for 9 nationwide championships, with the UConn Huskies successful five—including 4 opposed to the Tennessee girl Vols. In all, UConn gained 13 of 22 matchups in the course of the contention, and alongside the best way the 2 coaches—with particular and brash personalities and a shared selection to rule their sport—clashed privately and publicly, producing sufficient warmth to make women’s basketball proper within the nationwide activities panorama as by no means before.
On the courtroom, the 2 groups produced a sequence of memorable video games, from extra time thrillers to undying classics that outlined the game. Off the court docket, the coaches’ encounters have been frequently marked through their doubtless real dislike for every different, till the clash reached a brink in 2007 and Summitt surprised the basketball international through canceling the sequence for purposes neither facet has ever revealed.
Now, 8 years after the final video game, Unrivaled uncovers the on-court and behind-the-scenes tale of this intensely own contention among coaches, gamers, and the 2 so much passionate fan bases women’s activities has ever known.