Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies defeated underdog Louisville 93-60 last night in New Orleans, and with that win, the Lady Huskies secured their 8th National basketball title with the largest margin ever in a women's NCAA title game.
The Huskies 6-4 freshman Breanna Stewart was the game’s most outstanding player, netting 23 points, and hitting the boards equally as hard with nine rebounds. In the tourney, she averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and 21 blocks.
Breanna Stewart (middle)
Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points, nine rebounds, and senior guard Kelly Faris shined in her last game with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (right)
The Louisville Cardinals were the Cinderella of the ball, becoming the first No. 5 seed to make it to the championship game. They pulled off the greatest upset of the year, if not in the history of the tournament, when they beat Brittney Griner and Baylor in the regional semifinals. And after Baylor, they had to take on the Tennessee Lady Vols to advance. It was a hard road, and it was a valiant effort, but the Schimmel sisters (Shoni and Jude) couldn’t close it out.
Sara Hammond was the only Louisville player to reach double figures with 15 points and Shoni Schmimel finished with just nine.
The 8th title tied Auriemma with legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, and UConn with Tennessee for the most championships in women's basketball history. No doubt Auriemma now has his eye on number 10. UCLA men’s coach John Wooden currently holds 10 championships, the most by any head coach.
UConn's other national championships came in 1995, 2000, 2002-04, 2009-10.