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UConn women win record 9th title
One night after the Connecticut men's basketball team claimed an improbable national championship, the women did what most expected: They set the record for most titles, beating Notre Dame 79-58 for their ninth NCAA tournament triumph. The Fighting Irish were clearly hurt by the absence of injured star Natalie Achonwa. Would she have changed things versus the also-undefeated Huskies? Is Geno Auriemma the best women's basketball coach of all time?
UConn-Notre Dame for women's title
And here we have it: the undefeated matchup many expected, with Connecticut (39-0) and Notre Dame (37-0) squaring off Tuesday in Nashville for the women's NCAA tournament title. The Huskies are the unanimous AP No. 1 and vying for their record ninth title. The Fighting Irish are No. 2 and without one of their best players (Natalie Achonwa). Still, Notre Dame cruised past Maryland in their Final Four game, while UConn had a bit more trouble against Stanford in theirs. What will happen on Tuesday?
Women's Final Four predictions?
The women's Final Four is set, and -- surprise! -- undefeated Connecticut and Notre Dame made it to Nashville. The other two teams were not No. 1 seeds: No. 2 Stanford won on its home floor, while No. 4 Maryland beat host/No. 3 Louisville. Can either keep the unbeatens from an epic final? Will Notre Dame overcome the loss of Natalie Achonwa? Cast your votes below!
Who will win women's tourney?
Bracketmania didn't end Sunday. On Monday, the women's NCAA tournament field was released, with -- as expected -- UConn (34-0) earning the No. 1 overall seed for its quest to win a record ninth title. Fellow No. 1s are Notre Dame (also undefeated), Tennessee and surprising South Carolina, with Duke, Stanford, Baylor and West Virginia receiving No. 2s. Which team will take the whole thing? Are you rooting for the Huskies to make history?