The University of Connecticut Huskies won their second straight and seventh overall women's basketball national championship in San Antonio Tuesday night, beating the Stanford Cardinal 53-47.
It marks their second straight undefeated season, going 78-0 in that span. They are currently second in consecutive games won all-time by any NCAA basketball team.
Stanford gave UConn a major scare during the first half, leading 20-12 at halftime. Something must have gone on in that locker room at halftime.
Interviewed heading to the locker room at the half, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said, "This is the worst I've ever seen [our offensive production]. We miss a couple shots, now we're in a hurry. We miss a couple more, now we're in even more of a hurry. We're just completely out of our rhythm. [We] have absolutely no rhythm on offense. They're being very physical in there and we're not responding very well to it at all."
They kicked it into high gear in the second half, starting with Maya Moore, who led the Huskies with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Naismith Player of the Year Tina Charles had nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
Kayla Pederson led Stanford with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Stanford cut the lead to five with seven seconds left, but that's as close as they got, though they fought hard until the final buzzer.
Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma is 7-0 in national championships.