www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

Chiefs sign former Emporia tight end -7/28/2014, 9:59 AM

Faith comes before football for Chiefs' Abdullah -7/28/2014, 9:59 AM

Gordon wins at Indy -7/28/2014, 9:58 AM

Cleveland takes Sunday game -7/28/2014, 9:58 AM

K-18 state schedule, results -7/28/2014, 9:58 AM

Billy Butler bashes, Jeremy Guthrie battles as Royals beat Indians 7-5 -7/27/2014, 11:12 AM

Greyson Tempel guides West to Shrine Bowl win -7/27/2014, 11:10 AM

Detmer a big bat for Larks -7/27/2014, 4:35 PM

Herman falls in match play quarters -7/27/2014, 4:35 PM

Ellis baseball headed to AA state -7/26/2014, 3:50 PM

Wiggins signs contract -7/25/2014, 10:04 AM

Western Kansas athletes overcome long road to be in Shrine Bowl -7/25/2014, 10:20 AM

Aoki's walkoff single lifts Royals in 14th -7/25/2014, 10:03 AM

Larks cap league turnaround with win -7/24/2014, 10:23 AM

Herman moves on in match play -7/24/2014, 10:03 AM

Ellis to play for Zone title -7/24/2014, 1:26 PM

2014 Kansas Shrine Bowl rosters -7/24/2014, 1:29 PM

Jayhawk League standings, July 24 -7/24/2014, 10:34 AM

Jamaal Charles agrees to contract extension -7/24/2014, 10:38 AM

Ubelaker looks to make impact on Shrine Bowl -7/24/2014, 10:51 AM

Snyder hopes season carries over -7/24/2014, 10:33 AM

Herman, Hecker, Kaup advance at Kansas Am -7/24/2014, 10:13 AM

Larks get non-league win -7/23/2014, 1:29 PM

Golfer cards ace in Ellis -7/23/2014, 9:57 AM

Fisher hopes bigger is better -7/23/2014, 9:47 AM

Royals grab win in Chicago -7/23/2014, 10:42 AM

Overachievers set tone for KSU football -7/23/2014, 10:42 AM

Chiefs have had discussions with Charles -7/23/2014, 10:44 AM

Hays Eagles headed back to state -7/23/2014, 10:43 AM

Tuesday's Larks game called off -7/22/2014, 4:49 PM

K-18 state bracket, July 25 to 29 -7/22/2014, 10:46 AM

Royals' offense silenced again in loss to Chicago -7/22/2014, 10:25 AM

Monarchs' season comes to an end -7/22/2014, 10:19 AM

Larks win sixth straight -7/22/2014, 10:24 AM

No bold predictions from Charlie Weis at Big 12 Media Days -7/22/2014, 10:19 AM

Eagles rally for Zone win -7/22/2014, 10:25 AM

'One true champion' gets a workout in Big 12 -7/22/2014, 10:09 AM

K-State clarifies Klein's role -7/22/2014, 10:26 AM

Browns rookie Manziel leads in jerseys sold -7/22/2014, 10:09 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
Twice as nice — UConn completes title sweep

[var top_story_head]

Twice as nice — UConn completes title sweep

Published on -4/9/2014, 11:04 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By Jim Fuller
McClatchy-Tribune
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four years ago, they came to UConn and put their trust in the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma to drive them to levels they didn’t know they could reach.
The collegiate careers of Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley ended with a second straight national title and emotional embraces that Dolson called “a long time coming.”
Dolson played a starring role in UConn’s 79-58 win over rival Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena in the first national-championship showdown between undefeated teams. But it was a typical UConn win with contributions from all five starters and top reserve Kiah Stokes.
UConn won a record ninth Division I title, joined the 2011-12 Baylor team as the only women’s teams to finish 40-0 and completed the championship double with the men’s basketball team for the second time (2004).
“We knew it was going to happen,” Dolson said. “We had confidence in each other and confidence in our team and, to be honest, we all knew we were going to win. That is something that is incredible. Nobody can say that they have (the record), and for him to have it is pretty special. And to get it with this team is even more special.”
Stewart led UConn with 21 points and nine rebounds as she earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row.
Dolson had 17 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks while Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
UConn made seven straight shots to race out to a 22-8 lead. The Huskies did most of their damage in the paint, taking advantage of the absence of All-American Natalie Achonwa -- she tore her ACL in the Elite Eight win over Baylor -- as Dolson and Stewart combined to score 16 of the Huskies’ first 18 points.
It was Stewart, hitting a layup off a feed from Moriah Jefferson, who gave UConn the 14-point lead. With the Huskies leading 24-10, reserve Michaela Mabrey shot the Irish back into the game with a pair of key 3-pointers. However, after back-to-back 3s by Mabrey and McBride pulled Notre Dame within six points, the Huskies were able to regain control long enough to twice extend the lead back to 10 points.
Then Loyd hit a pair of 3-pointers 41 seconds apart to pull the Fighting Irish within five with 27 seconds to play in the half. It looked like that was how the game would stand heading into the locker room, but Mosqueda-Lewis battled two taller Notre Dame players for an offensive rebound after a missed jumper by Dolson and scored on the putback with 2 seconds left to give UConn a 45-38 halftime lead.
“I thought either (Notre Dame) was going to win because we couldn’t stop them or we were going to score a lot because when we get it going it is hard to stop us,” Auriemma said.
McBride had 19 points, Loyd 13 and Mabrey 10 for Notre Dame (37-1).
After the pregame hype surrounding the sour relationship between Auriemma and Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, the two both had huge smiles after Auriemma cracked a joke in the handshake just before the game started. Auriemma went to great lengths to compliment McGraw, her staff and squad, which he called “a great team.”
digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos