This season’s Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team knows a lot about winning and nothing about losing. Behind sophomore forward Breanna Stewart’s 21 points, UConn defeated Notre Dame in the 2014 national championship game, 79-58. The Huskies remained a perfect 40-0 and handed the Fighting Irish its first loss of the season (37-1).
Before the two squads met for a historic battle of the undefeateds, UConn head coach Gene Auriemma had a plan for his team. "Our strategy for the tournament isn't survive and advance. It's dominate and conquer," he said in commercials leading up to the big game. Here’s a numerical breakdown of how the Huskies did just that.
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.
Back in November, 5-year-old Miles Scott had the experience of a lifetime. When Miles was a baby, he was diagnosed with leukemia. While he was going through chemotherapy, Miles dreamt of beating his disease and becoming Batman — er, Batkid. So when his cancer went into remission, the Make-a-Wish Foundation swooped in to make Miles' dream a reality. The organization partnered with San Francisco to bring Batman to town and seek out Miles' help to save the city. Making Miles' wish come true made headlines all over the world — and made Miles one happy kid.
Yesterday, the story of Batkid continued at AT&T Park. It was the Giants home opener, and the team enlisted Batkid's help in getting the season started right. With Batman by his side, Batkid threw out the ceremonial first pitch — after he made a superhero-caliber entrance:
Yesterday was Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, which might as well be a national holiday for baseball fans (especially in New York). But this season's first game at the legendary ballpark was a little more special.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is calling it a career at the end of the 2014 campaign. And that means yesterday was Jeter's last Opening Day as a player. More than 48,000 people packed the House that George Built to be part of history — including some very special guests. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada took the field with Jeter to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, and Jeter made up the Yanks' Core Four that led the team to five World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).
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.