As ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Dave O'Brien said to close out the night, Storrs, Conn., is the capital of the college basketball universe after it took home the women’s national championship, defeating Notre Dame to complete another perfect run to a title.
In the past 20 years, the Connecticut men’s and women’s programs are a combined 13-0 in the national title games, with two double championships (2004 and 2014) and at least one title in five of the past six seasons between the two programs.
Connecticut has five of the eight undefeated seasons in Division I women’s basketball history. The Huskies joined the 2012 Baylor Bears as the only programs to finish a season 40-0.
Schools to Win Consecutive Titles
Women's NCAA Division I History
Connecticut’s nine championships are the most in Division I history, one more than Tennessee. Geno Auriemma has been the head coach for each of those titles. His nine surpass Pat Summit’s eight for most by a head coach.
This marks the second time that the same Division I school won both the men’s and women’s titles. Connecticut also did so in 2004.
The Huskies improved to 9-0 all-time in national championship games. The men’s and women’s programs are a combined 13-0 in title games.
Connecticut has won 46 straight games since losing to Notre Dame in the 2013 Big East Tournament final.
Notre Dame falls to 1-3 all-time in national championships. The Fighting Irish have lost three straight since winning the title in 2001.
How they Won
The Huskies won by dominating the paint. They outscored the Irish in the paint, 52-22. Breanna Stewart nearly outscored Notre Dame by herself, netting 18 points in the paint on 9-of-12 shooting.
Stewart is the first player to earn most outstanding player honors in two straight years since Candace Parker in 2007 and 2008.
Notre Dame’s offense went cold in the second half. The Irish scored 38 points in the first 20 minutes, but only 20 points in the last 20, making only 7 of 27 shots.