UConn's perfect season also marked the perfect ending for All-American seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, who will leave the program after winning back-to-back national titles.
Notre Dame managed just fine without Natalie Achonwa in the national semifinals. But the Irish face a more daunting task Tuesday in the frontcourt against UConn's All-Americans.
Connecticut is perhaps the top defensive team in the nation, a fact that often goes overlooked with the Huskies' bevy of productive offensive players. But the defense carried the day against Stanford.
The game was a blowout, a 61-35 shellacking of No. 1 Stanford, but UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer learned plenty about their teams.
For the third time in four years, Stanford and Connecticut clash in a battle of the top two ranked teams in the country.