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Long Live the Queens of March Madness

Illustration of UConn Women's Basketball by Shannon Levin
Illustration of UConn Women’s Basketball by Shannon Levin

UConn Women’s Basketball Team

As the unequivocal queens of March Madness, the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team had won 75 straight games and four consecutive national championships at the start of the 2016 season. However, three of their best players had graduated the year before, and the UConn Huskies entered the season ranked No. 3. But that didn’t stop these ballers—the team not only made it to the 2017 NCAA championship, they did it with a blemish-free record. Their 111-game streak, which came to an end with a crushing loss during the Final Four matchup against Mississippi State, broke the previous Division I NCAA basketball record of 90 straight wins. The Huskies were reestablished as the most dominant force in all of college basketball.


Shannon Levin is an illustrator and designer living in St. Louis. She illustrates for projects that elevate the representation of individuals who don’t often get the credit they deserve, with the hope that they help educate and inspire her viewers. She loves to draw funky people doing funky things as well as bright colors and amorphous shapes. @great_sneeze

This feature originally appeared in the Madness issue. Read also about Literature’s Most Famous Madwoman or check out more Women in History.