Byron Dixon| BKD TV
Four of Connecticut’s five starters scored in double figures as the Huskies women’s basketball team matched the accomplishment of their male counterparts Tuesday night, defeating Notre Dame 79-58 to win a record ninth NCAA championship and becoming only the second team to complete a perfect 40-0 season, the other were the Baylor Lady Bears.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma broke a tie with longtime Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most all-time titles, and did it in Nashville, Summit’s backyard. Auriemma took out senior center Dolson with a minute left and the game well in hand with the pair embracing in a long hug. “We beat a great, great team,” Auriemma said. “Notre Dame is a great team. For them to have the season they had and lose their starting center and to do what they did, I can’t say enough about their players, coaching staff and it took everything we have. I knew if we played great we’d have a chance to win
Breanna Stewart led all Connecticut scorers with 21 points, while Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Kayla McBride scored 21 points to lead the Fighting Irish, who finished their season with a record of 37-1. The win also marked the second time that the UConn men’s and women’s basketball programs won NCAA titles in the same year, with the first occurring ten years earlier in 2004. The men’s team beat Kentucky in the title game Monday night. Connecticut is the only school to accomplish the feat.
UConn will be the favorite next season as well, it will be interesting to see what Auriemma’s next challenge will be? Some wonder if he will pursue coaching in The WNBA or even Men’s college hoops. One thing is for sure people do not get tired of winning and that is what Auriemma and his Lady Huskies do and there is no doubt nothing can replace that feeling.