Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and 16 rebounds to help UConn beat Notre Dame 79-58 on Tuesday night, giving coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies a record ninth national championship.
As a sophomore, Natalie Novosel considered transferring. Now, the senior guard's one-of-a-kind shot-making style and undefinable knack for winning have again helped Notre Dame reach the national championship game.
The Terps, the No. 2 seed, are loath to go small, while the Irish, the No. 1 seed, like their tough-as-nails lineup, even if it includes four guards and no one taller than 6-foot-2 forward Devereaux Peters.
Megan Duffy scored 18 points with seven free throws in the final minute and the fourth-seeded Fighting Irish bounced back from a semifinal loss to Connecticut in their conference tournament by beating the feisty Gauchos 61-51 in the first round.