Louisville shot 45.5% on plays ending with a catch and shoot in the three games leading up to the 2013 Women's Basketball Championship. On Tuesday, the Cardinals were 6-for-19 (31.6%) on such plays, and 3-for-12 (25.0%) when Connecticut contested the shot.
Geno Auriemma is now one of 3 coaches in NCAA basketball history with at least 8 national titles. He tied Pat Summitt with by winning his 8th on Tuesday night meaning the only coach with more titles is the legendary John Wooden. Geno Auriemma and John Wooden have something pretty unbelievable in common - neither coach lost a National Championship Game - Wooden was 10-0 and Auriemma is now 8-0.
Connecticut trailed Louisville 13-8 with 14:44 left in the first half. The Huskies scored 21 of the next 22 points to take a 29-14 lead with 8:44 left in the half. The Cardinals would not get within 10 points the rest of the game. Breanna Stewart led the way for Connecticut with seven points during the run.
Connecticut outscored Louisville 51-19 on field goals attempted outside the paint. The Huskies had three players who scored more than 10 points on such attempts (Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, 17; Kelly Faris, 14; Breanna Stewart, 11). Louisville shot 18 percent outside the paint, with its leading scorer Shoni Schimmel going 2-for-13 (15.4 percent).
Former Huskies, including Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson and Diana Taurasi, discuss the impact the UConn women's basketball program has had on the WNBA.
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