9:00 PM ET, April 5, 2009
Unbeaten UConn is unchallenged by Stanford, advances to championship game
ST. LOUIS -- Geno Auriemma has coached perfect teams and national champions before. He's also worked with some of the best players in the history of women's basketball.On the doorstep of another unbeaten season, the Connecticut coach wants to add senior guard Renee Montgomery and the rest of the these Huskies to those lists.
Connecticut was the fifth team to enter the championship game with a perfect record and win the title.
• Connecticut avenged its loss to Stanford in last season's Final Four and advanced to its sixth national championship game.
• The Huskies led by 13 at halftime, then opened the second half with a 23-5 run that stretched the lead to 31.
• Senior Renee Montgomery led the Huskies with 26 points on 11-of-22 from the field; she has scored more than 20 points in three of her last four games. Maya Moore added 24 points, 17 of which came in the second half.
• The Huskies are a perfect 5-0 in the national title game; no other team is even 2-0.
• The Huskies will meet Louisville, a team they beat twice this season by an average of 33.5 ppg.
• Stanford lost despite outrebounding Connecticut 39-38 and outscoring the Huskies 38-28 in the paint.
• Jayne Appel led the Cardinals with 26 points. Her two-game total of 72 points is the fourth highest in tournament history.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-62 (.419)||31-63 (.492)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||8-21 (.381)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-18 (.444)||13-17 (.765)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|