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(/John Bazemore | The Associated Press) Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson (31) passes the ball against Stanford guard Sara James (21) during the first half of the semifinal game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Women’s basketball: Notre Dame to face UConn for title
Women’s basketball » UConn, Notre Dame both still unbeaten.
First Published Apr 07 2014 12:36 am • Last Updated Apr 08 2014 05:15 pm

Nashville, Tenn. • The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship.

They’ll be going for an unprecedented ninth national championship after Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and the Huskies advanced to another title game with a 75-56 win against Stanford on Sunday night.

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It wasn’t easy early, though the Huskies (39-0) did their part in setting up the highly anticipated championship showdown of undefeated teams.

They will square off against Notre Dame, an 87-61 winner over Maryland, on Tuesday night in the title game. It will be the first women’s national title game between unbeaten teams.

"It wouldn’t be any fun if you didn’t beat teams that were any good," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of the matchup with Notre Dame. "I think women’s basketball needs rivalries like this, teams that aspire to be great and want to win championships."

The Huskies won their 45th straight game after overcoming another sluggish start. Stewart, the Associated Press player of the year, missed her first four shots and UConn was up just 28-24 at halftime.

But Connecticut settled down and put the Cardinal away in the second half, outscoring them 47-32. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis found her shooting stroke, scoring all of her 15 points in the second half.

Stanford (33-4) lost its third national semifinal since reaching the 2010 championship against UConn, which the Huskies also won. All-American Chiney Ogwumike finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Amber Orrange scored 16 points.

Notre Dame 87, Maryland 61 • Kayla McBride wouldn’t let Notre Dame’s pursuit of a perfect season end. The All-American senior guard had one of the most impressive games of her career in Sunday night’s national semifinal, scoring 28 points to lead Notre Dame over Maryland.

Notre Dame played without senior Natalie Achonwa, who suffered a torn ACL in the regional final victory over Baylor. The entire team wore shirts in warm-ups with Achonwa’s No. 11 on the back.


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