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Charles leads UConn to NCAA title

Overshadowed by teammates and oft criticized by coach, junior center shines

Originally Published: April 7, 2009
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- A team for the ages wasn't about to play a game that turned on a moment.

Challenged early in Tuesday's national championship game by a Louisville team constructed to exploit any and all weaknesses, Connecticut pulled away for a 76-54 win and claimed the fifth unbeaten season in the history of women's college basketball.

Most times, the Russians skate away with a win against the United States. Most times, Georgetown finishes off Villanova. Most times, the better ...

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