5 Fast Facts from historic night
The 2014 NCAA tournament is a wrap. And a historic one at that. The Connecticut Huskies routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville to win the NCAA women's basketball national championship. Here are five fast facts about the game to impress your co-workers at the water cooler today.
1. With the win, Geno Auriemma and UConn move out of a tie with Pat Summitt and Tennessee for most NCAA women's basketball titles overall with nine. Auriemma is now one title shy of matching John Wooden's Division I record of 10.
2. The Huskies finished the season at 40-0, completing the fifth perfect season for the program and the eighth in women's college basketball history. UConn joins the 2012 Baylor Lady Bears as the only teams to reach 40-0.
3. Both the men's and women's teams at UConn won the NCAA title this week, marking the second time that the same Division I school won both championships in the same season. The Huskies also did it in 2004. Just as impressive, the Huskies are a combined 13-0 in national championship games.
4. UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player for the second straight season. She is the first player to win the award back-to-back since Candace Parker of Tennessee did it in 2007 and 2008.
5. Notre Dame is 1-3 all-time in national championships. The Irish have lost three straight since winning the NCAA title in 2001.