UConn Defeats Syracuse for the Women’s National Championship

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Top-seeded UConn defeated Syracuse in the women’s national championship 82-51 on Tuesday, April 5, stated npr.org.

Not a lot of collegiate athletes are lucky enough to call themselves champions at least once in their college career. Fewer would be hopeful enough to call themselves champions twice during their collegiate career. Even fewer can call themselves four time champions in their NCAA career, wrote wruf.com.

UConn became the first NCAA Division 1 women’s team to win four consecutive NCAA basketball championships, cited to npr.org.

“That was the goal coming in as a freshman and to carry it out as seniors,” Connecticut star forward, Breanna Stewart stated. “We’re going out with a bang. That’s it. We did what we were supposed to do.”

Stewart led the way with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. This added to the Huskies (38-0), extending their winning streak to 75 games, reported oregonlive.com.

The win was also the NCAA-record 151st for the class of Stewart, forward Morgan Tuck, and guard Moriah Jefferson, the only trio in NCAA Division I basketball past to earn four national titles. UConn’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, took all of them out of the game at the same time and embraced it, explained courant.com.

“I enjoyed playing with them and I definitely will miss them,” explained Tuck, a senior who will be leaving next year. “Everyone of this team did its part. It was a great team effort.”

“Now there’s nothing else,” Stewart said. “We did exactly what we wanted.”