No one makes greatness look more pure and easy than the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball program. They made that more evident after easily blowing out No. 1 Notre Dame, 79-58, for the 2014 NCAA championship on April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.
The Huskies won a record-breaking 9th national championship, surpassing the tie they shared with the University of Tennessee and legendary former coach Pat Summit. It also stamped UConn’s perfect record for the season at 40-0, matching Baylor as the only other team to end with a 40-0 season.
“It means we’ve done something no one else has ever done,” UConn Coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. “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.”
Breanna Stewart scored 21 points to lead the Huskies while forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis followed with 18 points and seven rebounds. Stefanie Dolson added a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds along seven assists.
Making even more history, UConn also became the only school to win both the men’s and women’s basketball championship in the same year for a second time. The Huskies first pulled off this feat by winning both titles in 2004.