Jeremy Stone

  • And another one: UConn makes history with fourth straight title, 11th overall

    Jeremy Stone at The Dagger 3 mths ago

    The greatest program in history now has the greatest class in history.

    Connecticut's three senior stars – Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck – became the first players to win national championships in all four of their collegiate seasons when the Huskies crushed Syracuse 82-51 on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

    No women's team ever had won more than three straight national titles, and the only men's team to do so, UCLA from 1967 to 1973, did so before freshmen were eligible.

    Coach Geno Auriemma passed UCLA men's coach John Wooden with his 11th national title, and the Huskies finished 151-5 in the seniors' time at UConn. Throw out the freshman year and it's 116-1, with a current 75-game win streak.

    "To do something that no one else has ever done with them, I mean, I keep saying, 'Unbelievable' as a word to describe it. But I don't know what other word you could use," Stewart said. "The fact that we made history together, that's going to create a connection that will never be broken."

    Of course, that UConn team won the national title – in the biggest championship-game blowout of them all.

  • Geno Auriemma one step from history as UConn women chase fourth straight title

    Jeremy Stone at The Dagger 3 mths ago

    Quick foul trouble for the best player in the game. An injury to their leading 3-point shooter on their first possession.

    And still, a record-setting margin of victory for Connecticut at the Women’s Final Four on Sunday.

    The top-seeded Huskies (37-0) prolonged their pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight championship with an 80-51 rout of Oregon State in the opening game Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

    A victory Tuesday would also earn Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma his 11th NCAA title, one more than legendary UCLA men’s coach John Wooden.

    UConn will face former Big East Conference rival Syracuse in Tuesday’s championship at 8:30 p.m. ET. The fourth-seeded Orange handled Washington 80-59 in the late game. No team seeded worse than third has won an NCAA women's title in the tourney’s previous 34 years.

    Senior All-American Morgan Tuck exploded for 14 first-quarter points in 5½ minutes, and UConn pulled away in the second quarter. The Huskies tallied 47 first-half points against the Beavers’ typically stout defense, and Pac-12 Player of the Year Jamie Weisner couldn’t get going for Oregon State (32-5).

     

  • How UConn beat Notre Dame 79-58 for its ninth NCAA title

    Jeremy Stone at The Dagger 2 yrs ago

    Recap | Box Score

    12:01 a.m. ET -- Geno Auriemma is done at the podium and so are our live updates. Do check Yahoo Sports and our college women's basketball page for most postgame coverage.

    11:45 -- Breanna Stewart becomes the fifth-two time Most Outstanding Player, joining Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdslaw, Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker. And Stewart has two more seasons to play.

    11:29 -- All-tournament team: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame; Kayla McBride, Notre Dame; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn; Stefanie Dolson, UConn; (Most Outstanding Player) Breanna Stewart, UConn

    11:18 -- UConn celebrates again for a second consecutive night.

    11:14 -- Looks like Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to join Geno Auriemma at the podium after Auriemma is done with a live ESPN interview that just began.