Historical NCAA Women’s Championship Victory
Records have been broken and history has been made by UConn's Huskies in both men's and women's basketball this previous season. Both the men's and women's basketball teams won the NCAA championship, making it the second time they have accomplished this feat and also being the only school to have ever accomplished it.
The Huskies and head coach, Geno Auriemma, faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their head coach, Muffet McGraw. This is the first time two undefeated teams would meet in a national championship game, but only one could leave Nashville's Bridgestone Arena undefeated.
UConn, who has had some issues against the Irish before, seemed to have no hard feelings against their former rivals. This highly anticipated, high paced match ended with a Uconn victory over Notre Dame 79-58, and UConn closing the season 40-0. Being the second school after Baylor to ever accomplish this feat.
The star on the huskies, Breanna Stewart, The Associated Press Player of the Year, scored 21 points to lead the Huskies to victory. Notre Dame out rebounded Uconn 54-31, holding UConn to a season low in points, and was lead by Stefanie Dolson, who added 17 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists.
"We beat a great, great team," Auriemma said. "Notre Dame is a great team. For them to have the season that 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."
Notre Dame head coach McGraw shook hands with UConn head coach and congratulated him after them game.
"I said something like, I thought we were playing the Miami Heat for a while you guys are just that good.' What a great season, you know things like that," McGraw said. "I thought… Lebron was the only thing they were missing."
But one of the most notable people for this victory has to be head coach Auriemma, who with this win has won a record of nine national championships, this also being the ninth time he has raised the NCAA trophy with UConn. Improving his record to 9-0 in championship games. He also surpassed the legendary coach Pat Summitt former Tennessee head coach as the all time leader in NCAA titles.
He also holds the record for the most consecutive women's Final Four appearances with seven and boasts the best NCAA tournament winning percentages, 97-17 (.851).
"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."
After this legendary, dream like basketball matchup, record and history books will have to be rewritten to fit, this amazing accomplishment this school has achieved.