One of basketball’s most legendary paid tribute to another during one of the biggest games of the season.
UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma sported a Kobe Bryant shirt Monday while coaching against No. 3 Oregon.
Geno Auriemma is wearing a Kobe shirt tonight 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/lUoEViCJ4f— ESPN (@espn) February 4, 2020
Auriemma’s Huskies had already paid tribute to Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, a basketball player who saw UConn as her dream school. The school responded to her death by declaring her “forever a Husky,” and laying out a UConn jersey for her in its first game since the helicopter crash.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, they would go on to lose 74-56 to Oregon — their worst loss ever at Gampel Pavilion and the first in the arena since 2013. Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu, who has also talked about carrying on Bryant’s legacy, came an assist and rebound away from another triple-double while Ruthy Hebard led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
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