UConn Wins 4th Straight Title

Victory over Syracuse caps flawless season
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2016 11:26 PM CDT
Updated Apr 6, 2016 12:19 AM CDT
UConn Wins 4th Straight Title
Connecticut's Morgan Tuck (3), Kia Nurse (11), and Breanna Stewart (30) celebrate after Connecticut's 82-51 victory over Syracuse.   (Michael Conroy)

Breanna Stewart and UConn stand alone. Geno Auriemma, too, after another flawless season by the dominating Huskies. UConn won an unprecedented fourth straight national championship Tuesday night, capping another perfect season by routing Syracuse 82-51, the AP reports. Until now, only the UCLA men's team had won four in a row in Division I, rolling to seven consecutive championships under John Wooden from 1967-73. With Tuesday's victory, Auriemma passed the "Wizard of Westwood" with his 11th national title. Stewart and her fellow seniors Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson posed on the ladder after cutting down the net for the final time. Mission accomplished.

Stewart said when she came to campus four years ago that she wanted to win four titles. She delivered on that promise by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the final game of her brilliant college career. "It's unbelievable," Stewart said. "That was our goal coming in here once we were freshmen and to carry it out and win like this as seniors is unbelievable." The Huskies (38-0) have been nearly unbeatable since Stewart arrived. They lost four games her freshman year and only one since. The win over Syracuse was the 75th straight for UConn, all by double figures. Stewart earned the honor of most outstanding player of the Final Four all four years of her career. No other women's player has won it more than twice, and only Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) did it three times on the men's side. (More NCAA women's basketball stories.)

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