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Stanford falls short; UConn romps back to women's NCAA title game (w/video)

  • Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson drives by Stanford forward Bonnie Samuelson during the first half of the semifinal game in the NCAA women's Final Four Sunday. UConn advanced to the championship game. (MARK HUMPHREY / Associated Press)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship.

They'll be going for an unprecedented ninth national championship after Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and the Huskies advanced to another title game with a 75-56 win against Stanford on Sunday night.

It wasn't easy early, though the Huskies (39-0) did their part in setting up the highly anticipated championship showdown of undefeated teams.

They will square off against Notre Dame, an 87-61 winner over Maryland, on Tuesday night in the title game. It will be the first women's national title game between unbeaten teams.

“It wouldn't be any fun if you didn't beat teams that were any good,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of the matchup with Notre Dame. “I think women's basketball needs rivalries like this, teams that aspire to be great and want to win championships.”

Now the Huskies have joined the UConn men's team in playing for the national title. The men play Kentucky tonight in Texas.

“I think it's awesome,” senior guard Bria Hartley said. “Our men are excited for us, and we're doing the same for them. All the fans in Connecticut are really proud right now. Both teams have worked hard this year. Now the time has come, and we

want to make sure we finish on a good note.”

The Huskies also won their 45th straight game after overcoming another sluggish start. Stewart, the Associated Press player of the year, missed her first four shots and UConn was up just 28-24 at halftime.

But Connecticut settled down and put the Cardinal away in the second half, outscoring them 47-32. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis found her shooting stroke, scoring all of her 15 points in the second half.

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