NASHVILLE – The defending national champion Connecticut Huskies remained unbeaten (39-0) with a 75-56 win over Stanford in a national semifinal game at Bridgestone Arena, Sunday. The Huskies’ Breanna Stewart paced five double-figure scorers with 18 points as UConn moved into a highly anticipated national championship bout with former conference rival and also unbeaten Notre Dame (37-0).
Tuesday’s contest marks the first time in tournament history that two unbeaten teams will vie for the national title.
Stanford led by as many as 6 early in the contest, but Connecticut emerged with a 28-24 lead at intermission. The Huskies used a 16-3 run to begin the second half to take a commanding 44-27 advantage.
Dave Ryan, Debbie Antonelli and Krista Blunk called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Lili Thompson’s 3-pointer stakes the Cardinal to an early 16-10 lead. How ’bout Stanford!)
(Breanna Stewart hits her first field goal to break a 22-22 tie.)
(Kiah Stokes forces a Stanford timeout as UConn takes a 26-22 lead.)
(Stewart’s spectacular play stakes the Huskies to a 28-22 lead.)
(Bria Hartley buries her second 3-pointer of the game as UConn leads 35-27.)
(Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hits a long-range 3-point bomb as the Huskies increase the lead to 44-27.)
(Another Stewart 3-pointer puts UConn on top, 60-43.)
(UConn wins again. 39-0 and one win away from a ninth national championship.)
(Postgame interview with Connecticut’s Bria Hartley.)
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