Huskies tops everywhere, including poll
As if there would be any doubt: the Connecticut Huskies, undefeated, unchallenged and now unanimous in the final poll.
The Huskies, 39-0 and the 2009 NCAA national champions, received all 31 first-place votes to finish No. 1 in the final ESPN/USA Today top 25 women's college basketball poll.
UConn ran over Louisville -- which had a surprise tournament run and ended No. 2 in the poll -- on Tuesday 76-54 for its sixth national title, completing the program's third undefeated season.
Connecticut was the fifth team to enter the championship game with a perfect record and win the title.
The Huskies won every one of their 39 games by double digits, a first in college basketball.
The Cardinals (34-5) upset No. 1 seed Maryland in the Raleigh Regional final, 77-60, then shocked Oklahoma, the top seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, 61-59 in the national semifinal.
The other national semifinalists, Stanford and Oklahoma, were No. 3 and No. 4 in the final poll, respectively. Maryland, Baylor, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and California rounded out the top 10.
Auburn, ranked No. 6 in the final regular-season poll, dropped to No. 13; Duke went from No. 8 to No. 14; and Florida State slid to No. 18 from No. 12.
Arizona State (26-9), unranked in the final regular-season poll, shot up to No. 12 after overthrowing Georgia, Florida State and Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils then ran into the wall that is UConn and lost in the regional final.
Purdue (25-11) likewise got a boost with tournament victories against Charlotte, North Carolina and Rutgers before falling to Oklahoma in the regional final. The Boilermakers finish the season at No. 16.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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