The University of Connecticut and Notre Dame women’s basketball teams met Tuesday in a historic contest in the 2014 NCAA national championship with the two teams entering the game a combined 76-0 — the first time in the history of college basketball that two undefeated schools met in a national title game.
UConn, entering tonight 39-0, routed Notre Dame, 79-58, spoiling the Irish’s perfect season to become the first team to finish 40-0 since Baylor in 2012.
AP National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart led UConn with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Stephanie Dolson added 17 points and 16 rebounds. Notre Dame star Kayla McBride had 21 points in the losing effort.
Notre Dame had prevailed in two of the last three meetings between the teams and handed UConn its last loss during the final of last year’s Big East tournament. However, the UConn women and Coach Geno Auriemma entered the title game a perfect 8-0 in National Championship finals. Auriemma passes longtime Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for most ever NCAA women’s basketball championships with nine.
The win comes one night after UConn defeated Kentucky in the title game of the men’s college basketball NCAA tournament.
In 2004, the UConn made history when it became the first school to sweep both the men’s and women’s basketball national championships — a first for Division 1 college basketball.
On the 10th anniversary of that feat, the University of Connecticut has done it again.
Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart embraces Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma.