The University of Connecticut will be rocking for another night as the UConn women decimated Notre Dame to complete the sweep. This is not something new for Husky faithful. Just 10 years ago, UConn won it all in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament. After the men’s team won their game against Kentucky, stars Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright immediately texted women’s star Stefanie Dolson to have the game of her career.
Dolson said it best at the end of the game, “Let’s get it started, UConn!”.
On Sunday night, Gampel Pavilion went nuts as the UConn men beat the Wildcats to a score of 60-54. Less than 24 hours later, UConn won the national championship again. This game, however, was over by halftime. The UConn women absolutely blew out the Fighting Irish to a score of 79-58. After this victory, head coach Geno Auriemma became the tournament’s winningest women’s coach of all time. This victory was Auriemma’s ninth title, and all of them came with UConn.
Breanna Stewart and Dolson were absolutely sensational for the Huskies in this one. Stewart scored 21 points, and Dolson had 17 points and 16 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. The Huskies also received great contributions from Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Although it was clear that UConn was the superior team from the start, things could’ve been much different if Natalie Achonwa played for the Fighting Irish.
It’s truly amazing how UConn was able to win both national championships again. Not another college has been able to complete this feat, and it truly shows how talented UConn’s basketball program is. The real winner in the past few weeks is the AAC. In its first year of existence, the first-year conference has the men’s and women’s national champion in it.
It is huge for UConn to have success early. Auriemma is now one championship away from being tied with John Wooden with 10.