Reaching Pat’s winning record should be a snap for Geno, because he has not lost a game in one of the weakest conferences in America. The only two schools that treat women’s basketball as a priority is, UCONN and South Florida and Geno is at least 50 points better than South Florida. Occasionally, a team will give UCONN a good game but it usually comes to an immediate halt. If UCONN played in a tougher power five conference, it would be a harder feat to reach and go past Pat’s record. However, it is not Geno’s faulty that he plays in a cupcake league, it is basically their football team, because no power five conference wants them in their league.
You overstate the impact of conference affiliation on the pace at which Geno will overtake 1,098. Just how many games do you think UConn would've lost over the past 6 seasons if the old Big East had remained intact? Not many, I dare say.
Auriemma averaged 36 wins/year in the last 6 years in the Big East. He has averaged 37 wins a year during the 6 years that UConn played in the AAC. That's just 6 wins. He will certainly pass her record next year (if not sooner) and so will Vanderveer.
The can's only as pretty as what's inside. (Do the contents leave a bad taste in your mouth?)
The indelible class and integrity that Pat brought to and left upon the game is unreachable. Auriemma will never supersede or replicate Pat's exclusive gift to the game.
Pat holds so-called "charter membership" in the women's game and is unattainable by Auriemma. Pat toiled and crafted (pre-notoriety and pre-exposure--70's and 80's) what Auriemma joined in the 90's during the evolving fanfare to the game.
No matter how many "thumbprints" Auriemma leaves on the game, they won't conceal Pat's. Hers will always be firmly and securely etched. First.