Consider this fair warning Women’s Basketball. UConn is back!
If Notre Dame is still wondering if their recent loss to UConn was a fluke(after beating UConn 70f 8 games over the last few seasons) ask Louisville if UConn is back. Louisville was going for the sweep in title games with the Men winning last night, the question was could the women of Louisville win the title on their side of the NCAA’s. It wasn’t to be. With freshman Breanna Stewart leading the way UConn won it;s eighth national title with a 93-60 rout of Louisville. The title put Geno Auriemma in a tie with Pat Summit and Tennessee for the most titles in women’s basketball history and two titles behind John Wooden(10)
“The fact that I tied Pat Summitt’s record puts you in the category of the greatest women’s basketball coach that ever lived,” Auriemma said. “I’m just thrilled for our seniors. This team accomplished an amazing featthis last month.”
It might not take long for Auriemma to pass Summitt the way Stewart and the rest of his Huskies played. His prized freshman was unstoppable, hitting shots from everywhere on the court to earn Most Outstanding Player honors for the Final Four. Even her father in the stands watching repeatedly said “wow” as his daughter took the game over. If you were watching the game on tv you couldn’t help to feel how proud her father was of her performance.
“This is unbelievable,” she said. “This is what we’ve thought about since the beginning of the season. And now to be here and actually win it, it’s a great feeling and I don’t think it’s going to set in for a while. I just played really confident and stopped thinking. When I second-guess myself, nothing good comes out of that.”
The loss ended an unprecedented tournament run by Louisville. The Cardinals became the first No. 5 seed to make the championship game, pulling off the greatest upset in tournament history when they beat Brittney Griner and Baylor in the regional semifinals. Jeff Walz’s team then beat Tennessee in the regional final before topping Cal in the Final Four.
The Cardinals just didn’t have enough to beat their Big East foe. Louisville was trying to become just the second school to win both the men’s and women’s championship in the same season and the first since UConn in 2004.
Louisville men’s coach Rick Pitino, fresh off his team’s 82-76 win in the title game over Michigan on Monday night, was sitting behind the Cardinals bench, trying to spur on the women’s team. He talked to the players at their pregame meal and told them to just enjoy the moment and have fun in the game.
It wasn’t to be, and Pitino was thoroughly impressed by Stewart, too.
“This is one of the best freshman in basketball,” he said in a halftime interview.
“We rushed a lot, we started to panic a bit,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “They started executing.”
UConn Huskies are back…