UCONN Women Follow Men’s Lead Win National Championship Cap Undefeated Season

Byron Dixon| BKD TV

 

Stefanie Dolson (31) and The Connecticut women’s team holds up their championship banner after crushing Notre Dame in battle of undefeated teams, a day after UConn men’s team celebrated their championship

Stefanie Dolson (31) and The Connecticut women’s team holds up their championship banner after crushing Notre Dame in battle of undefeated teams, a day after UConn men’s team celebrated their championship

 

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s