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Last updated on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
(Nashville, TN) - Connecticut came out on top in the battle of unbeatens, knocking off Notre Dame 79-58.
The Huskies used quick starts in both halves to keep the Fighting Irish in comeback mode. UConn jumped out to an early 14-point lead in the first half before Notre Dame came back to cut their deficit to seven at halftime. The Huskies rebuilt the lead to 15 less than five minutes into the second half.
Breanna Stewart led UConn with 21 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points and Stefanie Dolson finished with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Notre Dame was led by Kayla McBride's 21 points with Jewell Loyd finishing with 13.
The Irish missed the defensive toughness of senior Natalie Achonwa, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the regional finals.
The championship is the ninth for UConn and head coach Geno Auriemma, who broke a tie with former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most NCAA women's basketball titles as a head coach.
Connecticut finishes the season a perfect 40-and-0 while Notre Dame winds up at 37-and-1.
The win completes a unique double for Connecticut as the men's basketball team won their NCAA Tournament on Monday night. It's the second time UConn has swept the two NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year.
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