By Charles Glover, Jr.
Tuesday night, the University of Connecticut continued its assault on the record books with its 9th NCAA Women’s National Basketball Championship. UConn defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79 – 58 in a game that was mostly one-sided from the start. Geno Auriemma and the Lady Huskies have a women’s NCAA record nine national titles, surpassing Hall of Fame coach Pat Summit from the University of Tennessee who had won eight championships. Auriemma was gracious in defeat acknowledging, “Notre Dame is a great team…I knew if we played great we’d have a chance to win.”
Connecticut finished the season 40 – 0 for the first time in school history. The 6’4″, Associated Press Player of the year, Breanna Stewart led the team with 21 points while her frontcourt mate Stefanie Dolson dominated the paint with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Notre Dame got spirited efforts from their leader Kayla McBride, who led the team with 21 points, but the Irish clearly missed their senior forward Natalie Achonwa who suffered a torn ACL earlier in the tournament.
While much was made before the game about the relationship between the coaches, both displayed humility after the game. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw congratulated UConn exclaiming, “I thought we were playing the Miami Heat for a while you guys are just that good.” There is plenty of celebrating going on in Storrs, Connecticut right now. 10 year after both UConn Men and Women teams becoming National Basketball Champions, they have repeated the feat . Congratulations!!–OnPointPress.net
Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.