Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Connecticut culminated the program's fifth undefeated season in convincing fashion in a national championship game that was billed as a battle of unbeatens, but turned into another showcase for the Huskies' dominance in women's basketball.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Connecticut Huskies thoroughly trounced Notre Dame Tuesday night in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, pounding their way to a 79-58 win, defending their 2013 national title and setting multiple records along the way. With the victory, Connecticut took home its ninth national championship, surpassing the eight-title record established by Hall-of-Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee and becoming the all-time leader in the women's game.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As Notre Dame’s women’s basketball program headed into Sunday night's Final Four in Nashville against Maryland, the big question was how the Irish would overcome the loss of senior standout Natalie Achonwa, sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL suffered in last week's 88-69 Notre Dame Regional final win over Baylor. The same question looms even larger in tonight's National Championship tilt against undefeated first-seed Connecticut.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For 12-and-a-half minutes Sunday evening, hope rose in the hearts of those outside the Storrs, Conn. orbit of influence. For 12-and-a-half minutes, it looked like someone might actually give the Huskies a game.
The match-ups for the 2014 Final Four are now set and while there may be clear favorites, there are no true underdogs in this pack. UConn is entering its seventh consecutive Final Four, having won three of the last six. Stanford is in its sixth out of seven. Notre Dame is in its fourth in a row. Maryland hasn’t been here since its surprising National Championship in 2006. UConn has eight National Championships, Stanford two, Notre Dame and Maryland one each.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota coach Pam Borton’s firing last week was the culmination of long-time discontent with her performance, school officials say.
Borton spent 12 seasons at the helm for the Gophers and compiled a 236-152 record, which was the best in school history. But over the past five seasons, Borton has gone 94-79 overall, and 31-51 in Big Ten play, and Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said it was time for Borton to go.
Full Court congratulates our National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for the 2013-2014 women’s college basketball season, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.