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The Baltimore Sun


1999:After a decade of tournament runs that fell just short, the Huskies reached the Final Four and defeated old tournament nemesis Duke 77-74 to win the NCAA Tournament on March 29. Duke had four first-round draft picks but was shut down in the clutch by the Huskies' defense. Fans lined Route 195 to cheer as the Huskies' bus made it way back to campus the next day. 1999: Randy Edsall became the 27th coach and led the program through its final year of Division I-AA status. 1999: Wethersfield High School graduate Tony DiCiccio led the U.S. women's national team to the World Cup championship in 1999 with a victory over China. He had a 103-8-8 record from 1994-1999 with the U.S. team. 1999: Venus Williams came to New Haven in 1999 in the first year of the women's tournament and left with a win over Lindsay Davenport and her career-highest No. 3 ranking on the WTA Tour. Williams would go on to win the U.S. Open title the following year and win the title at the Pilot Pen the next three years. 1999: The Phoenix/ATP Tour World Doubles championship had a four-year run in Hartford, ending in 1999 when Sebastian Larue and Alex O'Brien defeated Wimbledon and French Open doubles champs Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. 1999: Jen Rizzotti, 25 and still a member of the WNBA's Houston Comets, was introduced as coach of the Hartford women's basketball team Sept. 17. The former UConn All-American went from interim status during her first season to the most successful coach in the America East. TONY RANZE / REUTERS