The Connecticut Huskies brought home the hardware for the fourth consecutive season with an 82-51 win over the Syracuse Orange on Tuesday night. Breanna Stewart and her fellow 2012 recruiting classmates -- Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck (redshirt junior) -- became the first players in Division I basketball history, men’s or women’s, to win four NCAA championships. (Freshmen were granted eligibility in the 1972-73 season, at the end of UCLA’s streak of seven straight titles.)
Geno Auriemma passed John Wooden for the most national championships by any head coach in Division I basketball history (all divisions, men's and women's). The NBA's Phil Jackson is the only other coach in collegiate or professional basketball history to win 11 titles.
Stewart finished with her ninth career double-double in a tournament. She equaled Syracuse as a team in assists (six) and blocks (two), and she had one more 3-point field goal than the Orange with three.
For the third time in her four championship appearances, Stewart scored over 20 points, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. It marked her fifth career 20-10-5 game, the most such totals by any Connecticut player since 1999-2000. She wrapped up the tournament with her fourth Final Four MOP, becoming the first to win four consecutive most outstanding player awards.
The Huskies finished the season 38-0, completing their sixth perfect season -- and the ninth perfect season in Division I women's history. UConn’s 31-point win was the second-largest margin of victory in the national championship game in Women’s NCAA tournament history. Overall, the Huskies ran through the tournament with an average margin of victory of 39.8 points, the most in Division I history (minimum three games).
Let’s take a look back at some of the Huskies’ impressive numbers this season:
11 – The Huskies moved to a perfect 11-0 in championship games. How does that stack up against other teams? Looking at the best undefeated records in championships for the four major professional sports and Division I college basketball, only the Chicago Bulls come remotely close, as the Bulls won six championships without a title loss. UConn's 11 NCAA championships are the most in Women’s Division I history and more than that of any other two programs combined.
122 – UConn has won 122 of its last 123 games, with every win coming by double digits. In fact, the last time Connecticut won a game by fewer than 10 points was a six-point win over St. John’s on Feb 2, 2013.
151 – The combination of Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson finished with a 151-5 record over their careers, including 116-1 over the past three years.
310 – UConn scored more points in their first halves of this NCAA Tournament (310) than their opponents tallied in their entire games (305).
659 - Jefferson finishes as UConn’s all-time leader in assists (659) and a two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner, given annually to the best point guard in the country