NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) With Breanna Stewart back for two more seasons, Geno Auriemma and UConn are in position to win a few more titles.
None may be sweeter than the record ninth championship the Huskies won Tuesday night in unprecedented fashion.
Connecticut reached the pinnacle in style, routing Notre Dame in the first NCAA women's basketball championship game featuring undefeated teams.
Auriemma and his Huskies have one more title than Pat Summitt and Tennessee for most all time, and they did it in the Hall of Famer's backyard.
The 79-58 rout of the Irish capped the careers of seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley. The pair were the final remaining links to the Huskies' NCAA-record 90-game winning streak that ended when they were freshman. The duo finished their careers with back-to-back championships.
The next 10 inductees into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame were announced Monday at a news conference in Dallas. Former NBA commissioner David Stern and former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond were among the people chosen. So was former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who led his team to an NCAA title exactly 20 years ago today. Richardson said he is in eight other Halls of Fame, but this one means the most.
The other new members of the Hall are former NBA stars Sarunas Marciulionis, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, and Guy Rodgers; former Maryland coach Gary Williams; former ABA coach Bob "Slick" Leonard; and the Immaculata University women's teams from 1972-74.
Now this is a perfect matchup. No, literally it is. On Tuesday night, two teams who haven’t lost the entire season (zero losses!), the Connecticut Huskies (39-0) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37-0), will face off for the college women’s hoops championship in Dallas. It will be the first women’s title game between two unbeaten teams.
Connecticut will try to capture an unprecedented ninth national championship, while Notre Dame will aim for its first title since 2001.
You’ve watched the Final Four on television and probably dreamed of playing in the championship game. Maybe you’ve been on a court and pretended that time is running out and you make the game-winning shot. UConn and Kentucky players will get to experience the real thing Monday night when they meet for the NCAA championship.
Kid Reporter Jake Aron interviewed players from both teams and asked this question on Sunday afternoon: Most kids at home dream about playing for a national championship. How is the reality of this moment different from what you expected?
Many people play basketball their whole life without ever playing in a championship game on any level. But for most players in the NCAA championship game, this won’t be their first such experience.
Before they play for the 2014 national championship, Kid Reporter Jake Aron asked UConn and Kentucky players to share memories of their last championship appearance.
While the sports world was preparing for the Final Four, LeBron James was making some more history in Miami.
On Friday, the Heat hosted the Timberwolves in a game that took two overtimes to decide. Miami ultimately lost a squeaker, 122-121, but all the extra playing time allowed King James to score his 23,000th career point. He was 29 years, 95 days old when he hit the milestone, making LeBron the youngest player to reach 23,000 points. He took over the record from Kobe Bryant, who was 30 years, 171 days old when he set it.