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UConn completes 40-0 season, wins Geno Auriemma’s ninth National Title

Apr 8, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

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One night after Shabazz Napier led the men to a second title in four years, the women completed a 40-0 season and repeated as champions with a 79-58 win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame. It’s the ninth National Title, in nine tries, for head coach Geno Auriemma.

It is the fifth time UConn went undefeated under Auriemma.

For the second time in school history, the UConn men’s and women’s basketball team claimed the national championships in the same season. The first time that feat was accomplished was a decade ago in 2004.

Stefanie Dolson recorded a double-double in her final collegiate game with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Brianna Stewart had a team-high 21 points and nine boards. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points for UConn. Kayla McBride ended her career at Notre Dame with 21 points and five rebounds.

Like the men against Kentucky, the women got out to a hot start, opening up a double-digit lead less than 10 minutes into the game. While the Huskies pounded the ball inside, especially with the absence of Notre Dame senior forward Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame was able to string together five 3-pointers in the last seven minutes of the half to cut the halftime deficit to 45-38.

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In the second half the size advantage began to take its toll on the Fighting Irish. UConn outrebounded Notre Dame by 23, recording as many offensive rebounds as the Irish had defensive rebounds.

As impressive as the scoring prowess of  Dolson, Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis was, the Huskies defense shined on Tuesday night in Nashville. The Fighting Irish were limited to just 35 percent shooting from the field. The 58 points Notre Dame scored was the most the UConn defense allowed in the NCAA tournament.

Muffett McGraw’s Fighting Irish finished 37-1.

UConn is currently riding a 46-game winning streak with Stewart, the AP Player of the Year, and Mosqueda-Lewis returning to Storrs next fall.

  1. evanpenn - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Little Miss Muffet,
    Cried on her Tuffet,
    Her words she ate,
    Along came reality,
    Oh, the finality,

  2. irishdodger - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    The only shot ND had was lost when Achonwa was lost to a torn ACL in the Elite 8 vs Baylor. UCONN’s size down low was the difference. Congrats to Auriemma & the Lady Huskies.

    • chunkala - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Why was she Severn playing in that game, they didn’t need her to beat Baylor.

  3. gmsalpha - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    UConn’s recent success on the hard court is really amazing in both the Men’s and Women’s game. But the ladies are absolutely killing it!

    Having a virtually unbeatable monster like the Huskies and a coach who is 9-0 is exactly what the sport needs, much like golf needed Tiger Woods. Hopefully the continued success and domination by Geno and UConn raises the awareness of the sport.

    With that said, Tiger needed a challenge, and Geno Auriemma needs someone to step up. There’s a fine line between being captivated by a juggernaut, and becoming disinterested because the outcome is a foregone conclusion. At least put up a fight in the title game. Getting blown out makes for an unexciting climax to the season.

  4. musketmaniac - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    nice job, uconn. Didn’t watch, law and order reruns were on.

  5. elwaysagenius - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Womens NCAA basketball has to be one of the least competitive sports in North America. It seems like every year a team goes 40-0 and just dominates everyone.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Yeah, ND was so far behind them at 39-1. I gave up watching three games into the season as UConn was just running away with it all.

      That’s a silly comment. Every team in women’s basketball is better because of UConn. And I don’t care what sport you’re talking about, any team that can pull off five undefeated seasons is absolutely remarkable.

      Every sport has its elite.

  6. golfrangeman - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    When a team is that dominant it will only help the sport. The other teams will have to catch up and they will. Then watch it grow.

  7. jacobk621 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    You know this is killing Pat Summit !!

  8. usdcoyotesfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    South Dakota will win it next year for both men and women. GO YOTES!

  9. El Pollo Loco - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Even women don’t watch women’s basketball

  10. jdillydawg - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    I went to Baylor and am pretty proud of our one undefeated 40-0 season.

    But FIVE? That’s insane! And beyond awfully good.

    Congrats UConn, and I want what Geno eats for breakfast.

  11. mvp43 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Has Geno ever been considered for a top notch men;s job? This guy can coach.

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