INDIANAPOLIS, April 5 — Unfazed by the past, UConn’s Brianna Stewart was confident in her own ability. Her confidence only grew knowing that she would have Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck as her running mates. Win after win, championship after championship, the dream remained alive. Before 14,514 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the NCAA tournament final Tuesday, Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck completed the grand slam as UConn defeated Syracuse, 82-51 to become the first women’s basketball team in Division I history to win four straight national championships. Read more from our friends at Litchfield County Sports and Rich Elliott, who was on the scene.
The Huskies (38-0) won their 11th national championship.
“I mean, there’s not much that I can say,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There’s no describing it. And it’s a feeling that you have that’s indescribable. And I know these guys, they’re anxious to get back there and be with their families and friends. And they’ve created an amount of excitement that the game has not seen in a long, long time, if ever.
“They’ve left an imprint on this game that’s going to last a really long time. And I think it’s a blueprint for kids coming after them that if you want to know how to do it, they showed everybody how to do it. And they did it the right way. And they did it together and they did it with people that they love. And I’m really, really proud of them.”