April 9, 2014 9:30 pm UC onn top of the World!
Congratulations to the UConn Women’s & Men’s Basketball teams for winning the National Championship. UConn is the only Division 1 University that has done this in the same year, and now they’ve done it twice (2004 & 2014).
Hats off to the Lady Huskies of UConn! After an undefeated season, and a fast ride through the NCAA tournament, they won the National Championship last night by destroying an also undefeated Notre Dame team. Bria Hartley and Stephanie Dolson were unstoppable in their final game for UConn. Breanna Stewart, only a sophomore, won MVP honors. The team’s future looks bright with many returning stars.
The UConn Men’s team wasn’t allowed to compete in the tournament last year due to academic related sanctions. Kevin Ollie, 2nd year Head Coach, told his team it was a 2 year plan to get back to the top and compete for a title. He actually took his players to AT&T Stadium (where the Final Four was held) in January after a tough stretch. Coach Ollie knew this is where they would be in April if they continued to work hard, believed in his coaching philosophy and played as a team. What a Boss! They did just that.
The Huskies were underdogs in nearly every game they played in the tournament. After prevailing in overtime vs. their first round opponent, UConn beat Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State and Florida- earning them a spot in the National Championship game vs. a very young and athletic Kentucky team.
Every analyst picked Kentucky’s Fab Five to win (the first team to start five freshmen since the original Fab Five- 1991 Michigan). It was a very exciting, nail-biting game. UConn managed to hold the lead for the entire game but Kentucky never seemed to go away cutting the lead to 1 point several times. It came down to the last minute. UConn’s backcourt was amazing as always. Senior, Shabazz Napier, was awarded Most Outstanding Player, finishing his last game as a Husky with 22 points. As Lebron James tweeted, he can’t imagine taking another Point Guard in the NBA draft before Napier and Party with Moms couldn’t agree with the King more!
Cheers to UConn!