In the battle of undefeated teams, UConn had Notre Dame’s number all night long, taking the title with a decisive 79-58 victory and finishing the season 40-0.
It was a history making night for basketball as it was the first time two undefeated teams, men or women, have met for a title. It was the second time in UConn history that the men’s and women’s teams won the national title in the same year.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma is one title away from tying coaching legend John Wooden’s 10 NCAA championships. His ninth championship puts him one up on Tennessee coaching great Pat Summitt, who congratulated him on the win. It’s the fifth time an Auriemma-coached UConn team has been perfect on the way to a championship. Auriemma has never lost in a title match, winning nine championships in 20 seasons with UConn.
Sophomore Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and brought in nine rebounds as she earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row. Senior Stefanie Dolson had 17 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed eight games earlier in the season with an elbow injury and mononucleosis, added 18 points and seven rebounds.
UConn ran the boards, besting Notre Dame 54-31 and holding the Irish to a season-low 58 points.
The win allows Dolson to keep a promise she made last year to President Barack Obama when she said UConn would be back.