As Breitbart Sports noted leading up to the women’s NCAA championship, history was going to be tied Tuesday night. Either UConn was going to tie Tennessee with their eighth all-time title, or Louisville was going to become the first school to win the men’s and women’s title in the same year except for UConn in 2004. UConn left no doubt from the first half that they were going to protect their own history and deny it to Louisville.
The 1999 Duke teams were the only others to make both championships in the same year, but both lost. Five years later UConn won both the men’s and women’s title. Louisville’s loss came the day after their men’s team defeated Michigan 82-76 for the title.
UConn passed flawlessly through the Louisville defense that had stunned Baylor in the Sweet 16, most often finding Breanna Stewart in a dominant 23 point performance and 93-60 win.
The Huskies continually paired Stewart with one other player, and as soon as the other player broke toward the basket, dished the ball to Stewart for a sweet jumper.
At 6-foot-4, the Cardinals simply could not even get in the vision of Stewart’s shots from beyond the arc, as the freshman may redefine the women’s game in the next three years in Connecticut.
For the AP account of UConn’s win and the record-setting tournament for Stewart, click here.