(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Once again, Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies stand alone atop the world of women’s college basketball.
In the first NCAA basketball championship game featuring two undefeated teams, the Huskies cruised to a 79-58 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Connecticut (40-0), has now won a record nine national championships. Breanna Stewart led the way with 21 points, while senior Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and 16 rebounds.
“It means we’ve done something no one else has ever done,” Auriemma said. “Flattered and grateful and all the things that come with this kind of accomplishment. . . . I’m more proud of the legacy that exists and what Connecticut basketball is as opposed to the number of championships.”
It was the fifth unbeaten season for Auriemma and UConn and the first time the Huskies went 40-0 — matching Baylor as the only school to accomplish that feat.
The Irish (37-1) lost in the title game for the third time in the past four years. Kayla McBride scored 21 points, but Notre Dame will head into next season still seeking its first national championship since 2001.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com