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LANE | UConn Reaches Perfection Again

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UConn turned the Women's National Title Game into a coronation, completing a sixth undefeated season with a fourth consecutive national championship, 82-51 over Syracuse in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

The Orange kept playing hard in their first title game appearance.  They even put together a 16-0 run in the latter stages of the third quarter to stir their fans and raise a few eyebrows.  All that got them was within 17 of the Huskies at 60-43.  UConn settled things down and led 64-43 after three, then controlled the fourth quarter for the 31-point victory, the second largest in title game history.  The Huskies won by nearly 40-points per game in the tournament.

Breanna Stewart was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four for the fourth consecutive season.  She finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Her fellow Seniors were also in double figures.  Morgan Tuck had 19 and Moriah Jefferson had 13 to go with 5 assists.  

"It's unbelievable," Stewart said. "That was our goal coming in here once we were freshman and to carry it out and win like this as seniors is unbelievable.

Syracuse finished 30-8, UConn, 38-0.  It's the Huskies sixth title in eight years and the 11th overall under Head Coach Geno Auriemma.

"What those 11 championships mean to me is how many great players I've had the opportunity to coach," Auriemma said. "How many great people have come through the program. It doesn't matter whose name is above, or whose name I'm under. As long as I have those players in my memory, I'm good."

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