UConn rolled to its eighth national championship last night, denying Louisville a March Madness sweep and handing head coach Geno Auriemma a delicious word: dynasty. He has now tied Pat Summitt for the most titles in in NCAA history, but wasn't ready to discuss a repeat. Yet it's hard to not see the Huskies winning more titles with freshman Breanna Stewart—who put up 18 of 23 points in the first half—and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leading the way. "We feel like all we can go is up from here," said Mosqueda-Lewis, who scored 18 points.
Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half and Connecticut (35-4) rolled to a 93-60 rout of Louisville last night, the most lopsided victory in a title game. It put the Huskies back atop college basketball after missing the championship game the past two years. Auriemma has never lost the game in eight appearances. And while Auriemma says he didn't want to look ahead, he added: "Stewie certainly is different than any other college player that's playing right now." The freshman was unstoppable, hitting shots from almost everywhere to be selected the Most Outstanding Player for the Final Four. Stewart is only the fourth freshman to have that honor and the first since 1987. Even her father in the stands repeatedly said, "Wow," as his daughter took the game over.