The Connecticut Huskies are headed to the National Championship Game after winning their 45th straight game in a 75-56 victory over the Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford was making its sixth trip in the Final Four in seven years, but Geno Auriema and the Huskies continue to have their number as the Huskies have won seven of the past eight against Stanford, including the last meeting in the NCAA Tournament when the Huskies won the 2010 title game. They also won earlier this season on Nov. 11 in Storrs by 19.
Stanford played UConn tough and only trailed 28-24 at halftime, but a strong start to the second half saw the Huskies lead swell as UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart and company exerted their collective will to advance to another chapionship game.
Stewart, The Associated Press’ player of the year scored a game-high 18 points, including going 9-11 from the free throw line to go along with her seven rebounds.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points and Bria Hartley chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.
Chiney Ogwumike did not shoot well in her final collegiate game as the All-American finished with 15 points on 5-12 shooting and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Amber Orrange led Stanford with her 16 points.
UConn will now play Notre Dame in the National Championship Game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee in an unprecedented meeting of two undefeated teams playing for the right to cut the nets down.