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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

UConn wins title No. 9

Breanna Stewart shrugged off the question with the same ease that she brushed off opposing defenders during one of the most dominant individual season in UConn history.

Stewart said winning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row meant very little to her. Her No. 1 objective  was allowing seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley to leave with back to back national titles.

Mission accomplished as UConn took advantage of a Notre Dame playing without the injured Natalie Achonwa to win a record ninth national title with a relentless attack on the basket.

If Stewart (21 points, nine rebounds) was the No. 1 star, Stefanie Dolson (17 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists) was 1A as the Huskies gave Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma a record ninth national title.

“I think one is really special for him (Auriemma),” Dolson said. “We knew it was going to happen, we had confidence in each other and confidence in our team and to be honest, we all knew we were going to win. 
“That is something that is incredible, nobody can say that they have (the record) and for him to have it is pretty special and to get it with this team is even more special.

"It felt great. I wanted to be pretty loose and not thinking about this is my last game and that is exactly how the team felt, we knocked down our shots with confidence."

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points and seven rebounds as UConn became the second team to go 40-0 and now stands alone with nine national titles.

“I thought either they (Notre Dame) were going to win because we couldn’t stop them or we were going to score a lot because when we get it going it is hard to stop us,” Auriemma said.

UConn is expected to lane at Bradley Airport at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday and when they arrive at campus, around 4 p.m. there will be a Victory Lap through campus at around 4 p.m. followed by a ceremony outside the Student Union.


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