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UConn wins fourth straight NCAA title with blowout of Syracuse

UConn won its fourth straight national championship with a blowout win over Syracuse.
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The Connecticut Huskies won their fourth straight national championship with a blowout, 82–51 win over Syracuse on Tuesday.

The win gave the Huskies’ senior class the most wins for any class in women's college basketball history with 151, and gave the school its 11th NCAA title.

Breanna Stewart led the way for the Huskies, recording 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, the third time Stewart scored at least 20 points in the title game. The win marked the final time seniors Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson would take the court for coach GenoAuriemma.  

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The Orange, at 30–7, were heavy underdogs entering the game against the Huskies, who finished their season at an unblemished 38–0.

UConn took control from the jump, leading 28–13 after one quarter. The Huskies scored 50 points in the first half, the second-highest first-half point total in championship game history, trailing only Tennessee’s 55 in 1998. Syracuse played UConn more evenly in the second half—including a 16–0 run at one point—but the game stayed out of reach. 

The Huskies have lost only five games in the last four seasons, and only one in the last three.