UConn women capture eighth title in rout of Louisville
After the Louisville men's basketball team won the national title on Monday, its women's squad was looking to help the school become only the second university to ever capture a men's and women's championship in the same season, but to do so they'd have to get through the only school ever to accomplish the feat - the University of Connecticut. The Cardinals fell well short, losing 93-60 to give UConn its eighth title in the program's history.
The Huskies won their first championship since 2010 thanks in large part to freshman Breanna Stewart. The outstanding rookie kicked performance into high gear during the tournament, and that was especially evident on Tuesday night, when she scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. It was her play in the first half that helped turn a 14-10 Cardinal lead into a 29-14 Husky advantage, and UConn never looked back. The win tied UConn with Tennessee for the most titles in women's history.
"The only person I compare myself to is Pat Summitt and to be there in that spot with her means a lot to me," UConn head coach Geno Auriemma told reporters. "The fact that I tied Pat Summitt's record puts you in the category of the greatest women's basketball coach that ever lived."
Auriemma may soon pass Summitt on the all-time list. Not only will Stewart be back for three more seasons, but other stand-out players including junior Bria Hartley and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will return.