8:30 PM ET, April 7, 2009
Charles' 25 points, 19 boards push UConn to 39-0 record, sixth national title
ST. LOUIS -- Unbeaten, unchallenged and national champions.After one last blowout, Connecticut could finally exhale and take its place in basketball history.Tina Charles had 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Tuesday night as UConn routed Louisville 76-54 and captured the Huskies' sixth title."I'm so overwhelmed how I feel about the way it ended," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said a few minutes after he helped cut down the nets at the Scottrade Center and was carried off the court. "This is the first time since the brackets came out I didn't feel like I'm going to get sick, physically sick, thinking about everything that was ahead of us."It wasn't just that Connecticut claimed another championship. It was how they did it.
Hays: Charles In Charge
Tina Charles has been overshadowed and bore the biggest brunt of her coach's criticism throughout the season. But on Tuesday, the junior center ensured Connecticut would cap its perfect season, writes Graham Hays. Story
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Six teams in the history of the women's NCAA tournament have won every tournament game by at least 10 points. Perhaps surprisingly, this year's UConn team did not have the largest average margin of victory.
|Year||School||PPG diff||Closest game|
|1982||Louisiana Tech||31.6**||14||** -- Only played five games|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-68 (.309)||29-58 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||4-14 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-10 (.800)||14-20 (.700)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (1/0)||13 (0/0)|
Big East Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|View expanded standings|