Women's College Basketball

         === UConn ousts Stanford, sets up showdown with Notre Dame ===
 Nashville,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  women's national  championship game
 will  be contested  between a pair of  unbeatens for the first time ever after
 Connecticut  held up its end of the bargain with a 75-56 victory over Stanford
 on Sunday night.
 Breanna  Stewart and  Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis  both shook  off slow  starts and
 finished  with  18 and 15  points, respectively,  as the Huskies (39-0) pulled
 away in the second half to set up a highly-anticipated title game against 37-0
 Notre Dame.
 "It  wouldn't be  any fun if you  didn't beat teams that were any good," UConn
 coach  Geno Auriemma  said  when  asked about  Notre  Dame.  "I think  women's
 basketball  needs rivalries  like  this, teams  that aspire  to  be great  and
 want to win championships."
 Connecticut  downed  the Fighting Irish in  last year's Final Four en route to
 their eighth national championship.
 Bria Hartley netted 13 points, while Moriah Jefferson and Stefanie Dolson each
 added 10 for the Huskies, who are 8-0 all-time in the title game.
 Stanford  (33-4) led for a 12-minute stretch in the first half  and was on top
 22-16 when Mikaela Ruef banked in a long jumper with a toe on the 3-point line
 with under six minutes to go in the half.
 The  Huskies  answered with  the next  12 points,  including four from Stewart
 after the All-American missed her first four shots.
 UConn  entered the  break with a 28-24 advantage, and Mosqueda-Lewis, who went
 without  a  field goal in  the first  half, erupted for  nine points on a 14-0
 surge that all but put the game out of reach.
 Mosqueda-Lewis' 3-pointer stretched the margin to 44-27, and Stanford only got
 as close as 11 over the final 14 minutes.
 Chiney  Ogwumike  finished with 15 points  and 10 rebounds while Amber Orrange
 led Stanford with 16 points.
 Sunday  was the fifth time UConn and Stanford have met at the Final Four, with
 the Huskies winning four of those matchups.
 04/07 07:32:49 ET

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