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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?

Which was more impressive?

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  • Which of these is the best women's basketball coach of all-time?

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  • How many more national championships will UConn win under Geno Auriemma?

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  • What is your opinion of Geno Auriemma?

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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?

Which team will win the women's NCAA tournament?

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  • Are you rooting for UConn to win a record ninth women's basketball national championship?

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  • Which would be more impressive?

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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!

Which team will win Sunday's Connecticut-Stanford matchup at the women's Final Four?

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  • Which team will win Sunday's Notre Dame-Maryland matchup at the women's Final Four?

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  • How much will the loss of Natalie Achonwa hurt Notre Dame in the women's Final Four?

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  • Are you rooting for UConn to win a record ninth women's basketball national championship?

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For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the reigning national champion Connecticut Huskies are atop the The Associated Press preseason poll. Last year's runner-up, Louisville, will enter the 2013-14 season ranked No. 5, while North Carolina and its top recruiting class comes in at No. 12. Do you agree with the rankings? Click the logos below to set your own!

Women's college basketball preseason top 15

Connecticut

Connecticut

AP preseason rank: 1
2012-13 record: 35-4

Duke

Duke

AP preseason rank: 2
2012-13 record: 33-3

Stanford

Stanford

AP preseason rank: 3
2012-13 record: 33-3

Tennessee

Tennessee

AP preseason rank: 4
2012-13 record: 27-8

Louisville

Louisville

AP preseason rank: 5
2012-13 record: 29-9

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

AP preseason rank: 6
2012-13 record: 35-2

Kentucky

Kentucky

AP preseason rank: 7
2012-13 record: 30-6

Maryland

Maryland

AP preseason rank: 8
2012-13 record: 26-8

California

California

AP preseason rank: 9
2012-13 record: 32-4

Baylor

Baylor

AP preseason rank: 10
2012-13 record: 34-2

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

AP preseason rank: 11
2012-13 record: 24-11

North Carolina

North Carolina

AP preseason rank: 12
2012-13 record: 29-7

Penn State

Penn State

AP preseason rank: 13
2012-13 record: 26-6

Dayton

Dayton

AP preseason rank: 14
2012-13 record: 28-3

LSU

LSU

AP preseason rank: 15
2012-13 record: 22-12

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Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma is knocking on history's door. With his eighth NCAA championship, he has tied former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the all-time women's basketball record and is only two titles from tying John Wooden's 10 at UCLA. And as long as players such as freshman Breanna Stewart keep going to Storrs, records that once seemed untouchable appear to be within reach. Will Auriemma win three more titles and pass the Wooden for the most NCAA basketball championships ever?


Measure of success

For years, Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma were the benchmark for excellence in women's college basketball -- and their rivalry showed it. Is Auriemma now the best women's coach ever?

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The Program

Now that UConn has matched Tennessee's eight NCAA titles, are the Huskies the team that comes to mind first when you think of women's college basketball?

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Has Connecticut passed Tennessee as the best-ever program in women's college basketball?

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