CPTV’s New Documentary Chronicles the UConn Huskies’ History-Making, Undefeated Championship 2009-2010 Season
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ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Sunday, 4/25 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m. on CPTV
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has done it again! They’ve won another NCAA championship with an undefeated season under their belt – the fourth undefeated season in the program’s history and seventh NCAA championship.
CPTV is celebrating with the rest of the state with a new original documentary called Perfection…Again! featuring a look back at the entire history-making season, and it’s packed full of thrilling game footage. The one-hour documentary premieres Sunday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV).
Between the first and second broadcast of Perfection…Again! on April 25, CPTV will be presenting a broadcast of its original documentary, 35-0! at 5:30 p.m., in honor of the 15th anniversary of UConn’s first undefeated championship in 1995.
Narrated by veteran ESPN color analyst Doris Burke, Perfection…Again! chronicles all the milestones and extraordinary moments of the 2009-2010 season, including when the team broke the 70-game winning streak record for women’s college basketball. The team demonstrated an unprecedented domination of the sport, having not lost a game since April 2008 and winning every game by double digits with the exception of its challenging match-up against Stanford in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Championship game. The documentary will cover their spectacular Big East tournament win (winning five of the last six Big East tournaments) and honor their unequaled accomplishment in women’s basketball – two back-to-back undefeated seasons culminating in two NCAA Championships.
Perfection…Again! recounts the reasons why UConn’s 2009-2010 team will be remembered as one of the best to ever play the game. Senior Tina Charles – generally considered to be the best center in the country and the 2010 Naismith National Player of the Year – broke UConn’s all-time points and rebounding record, originally held by former UConn players Nykesha Sales and Rebecca Lobo, respectively. Junior Maya Moore, who won the Wade Trophy for the second consecutive year, also passed the 2,000-point mark this season – completing the milestone faster than any player in UConn history. With a 3.9 GPA, Moore was named the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All America® of the Year for women’s basketball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. And Kalana Greene, All-America candidate, was named the Big East’s Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and set the record for most games played at UConn.
Hall of Fame Head Coach Geno Auriemma also reached a milestone this year -- winning over 700 games in his career and reaching that pinnacle in a shorter time than any coach before. Coach Auriemma has also been named Head Coach of Team USA.
In addition to the premiere of Perfection…Again! CPTV is airing another exciting re-release, 35-0! This CPTV Original documentary chronicles the extraordinary undefeated 1994-1995 season of the UConn Women’s basketball team that tapped off a 35-game winning streak with their first NCAA tournament championship. From the team’s pre-season trip to Europe to earning the program’s first #1 ranking in January to toppling the perennial powerhouse Tennessee Lady Vols in the NCAA championship game, this one-hour documentary recounts all the triumphs and challenges of Head Coach Geno Auriemma’s team that included such future basketball legends as Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti and Kara Wolters. 35-0! features electrifying game footage, enlightening interviews with coaches and players, as well as jubilant behind-the-scenes moments that demonstrate why this team had the heart and chemistry to take them into the history books.
During the broadcast, CPTV will also be offering unique items for auction, including autographed basketballs signed by the team.
Perfection...Again! is made possible by People’s United Bank;Big Y World Class Market; the Center for Implant and Reconstructive Surgery at the UConn Health Center; Barnum Financial Group, An office of MetLife; Hartford Courant; FootPrints Shoes and Accessories; Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at the UConn Health Center; and WNBA’s Connecticut Sun – the new home of former UConn greats, Tina Charles, Rene Montgomery and Asjha Jones.
CPTV is the TV Broadcast Home of UConn Women’s Basketball and has been broadcasting the team’s games since 1994. With consistently some of the highest ratings and strongest membership levels of any other program on public television over the past 15 years, UConn Women’s Basketball on CPTV is considered by many to be the most successful local franchise in public television history. This season, CPTV broadcast 21 UConn games and 9 editions of The Geno Auriemma Show.