Ending a 100+ game winning streak - longest in the history - is a big deal.
Who ended UCLA's winning streak back in the 70s? I bet most people would know Notre Dame did it. But I have absolutely no idea who won it all that year.
Let's not turn this into a straw man argument. Would I rather have a national championship or end the streak? Easy - national championship. But my point is that I think history will also remember that Miss. St. team also for taking down UConn.
Another question I've wondered about recently:
What is the #3 college sport in America - college baseball or women's basketball? I think America would maybe lean women's basketball as the 3rd most popular sport.
SC fans would be a decent group to answer because they have national titles in both now within a fairly recent time. Which one means more?
Baseball. It's also way harder to win a title in college baseball than women's bball. When you become a good women's bball program you're set... not much parity.
Ultimately, I think the MSU-UConn game will far and away be the most remembered game by the casual fan 5-10 years down the line. I don't think there is really any debating that.
Having said that, USC definitely had our number this year and were more than deserving champs. It stung not to be able to finish the deal, but I just don't think our girls had anything left after beating UConn. You basically have to give two games worth of effort to beat those ladies.