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78 wins in a row and a National title for the Connecticut women’s team

compiled from staff, wire reports and Connecticut Athletics

Geno Auriemma (UCONN)

Maya Moore (UCONN)

The NCAA women’s national championship game in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday night was being played by two of the best in the game, Stanford and Connecticut.

The halftime score was 20-12 Stanford. Yes, you’ve seen it 20-12. The Huskies missed 18 straight shots, from layups to 3-pointers and missed free throws. The Connecticut women went 10 minutes, 37 seconds between points.

Huskies star Maya Moore took control of the game.

Moore scored 11 points during a 17-2 run to start the second half of the national championship game, a key point in the game that put the Huskies back in control and on their way to a 53-47 win over the Stanford Cardinal on Tuesday night. Maya Moore finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tina Charles added nine points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

The win, their record-stretching 78th straight, capped a two-year run in women’s college basketball history, going undefeated from start to finish.

Connecticut finished the season the way as they did last season: 39-0 and National champions. Associated Press player of the year Tina Charles reminded everyone during the trophy ceremony, as she sent a message to the White House, “tell President Obama, we’re Baaaaaaaaaaack’.

UConn’s unbeaten streak is moving into sacred territory. If they can start the 2010-2011 season at 11-0, the Lady Huskies would top the 88-game streak by John Wooden’s UCLA men in the early1970′s.

Auriemma won his seventh national title in a 25 year career. That puts him one behind Tennessee’s Pat Summitt for most titles among women’s coaches.

Tina Charles (UCONN)

The Stanford Cardinal,  who finishes the season at 36-2, was the last team to beat UConn, exactly two years before, at the 2008 Final Four. In the last 15 months, Stanford has beaten everyone its faced except Connecticut. This was the their third straight loss.

They met earlier this season on December 23, 2009 in Storrs, Connecticut. Stanford led at the halftime, but lost by 12. It was the closest that anyone has ever been to beating the Huskies all season long.

Stanford center Jayne Appel closed her career with a game she will soon forget, going 0 for 12 from the floor and failing sore from the field.

Kayla Pederson led the Cardinal with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

The game in San Antonio was played before a crowd of 22,936 that included Vice President Joe Biden as well as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional, Elite Eight Sunday Result

compiled by the staff

When it comes to Michigan State basketball, they may lose players as the years roll on, but they are always a program that is an NCAA championship contender year-in and year-out. But the main constant is head coach Tom Izzo, who has made the Spartans “masters of the NCAA Tournament and the month of March and early April.

The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second Final Four in a row and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morgan’s free throw with 1.8 seconds left vaulted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Midwest Regional Final on Sunday.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo (msu)

No other team in the country, not Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina or UCLA, has been better during the Spartans run under Tom Izzo.

Izzo, is a disciple of the legendary coach Jud Heathcote, who was his mentor. Izzo took over from Heathcote in 1995-96. Izzo is 6-1 in regional finals.

The Spartans, last year’s national runner-up, will be looking for championship number 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They will play the hometown favorite, Butler University, in the semi-finals Saturday night.

It’s hard to believe, but Michigan State is the only team from last year’s Final Four to make it back. North Carolina, which manhandled the Spartans in last year’s title game, didn’t even make the NCAA tournament field. Neither did Connecticut and Villanova was knocked out in the second round.

The 28-8 Spartans led the game by as many as eight in the second half, but Brian Williams pulled sixth-seeded Tennessee, now 28-9, to within one, 69-68 on a rebound follow shot with 2:10 left. Korie Lucious, the fill-in point guard for the injured Kalin Lucas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left and Scotty Hopson got the rebound.

Hopson was fouled at the other end, and made the first.  But after a Michigan State timeout, Hopson missed the second  and Lucious grabbed the rebound. Raymar Morgan was fouled by J.P. Prince with 1.8 seconds remaining and he made the first.  After timeouts by both teams, Morgan bricked the second shot of purpose.

Tennessee’s Brian Williams grabbed the rebound and head coach Bruce Pearl called a quick timeout. But J.P. Prince fumbled the inbounds pass and had to just throw up a prayer from midcourt just before the buzzer sounded. Michigan State was on its way from St. Louis and headed 5 hours east  to  Indianapolis and the Final Four.

After a 4 year run, International Bowl closes up shop

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

The International Bowl (creative commons/wfe photo)

The International Bowl is folding after failing to renew its contract with the Big East Conference. Bowl president Don Loding says that the bowl could be brought back in the near future.

The only bowl game played outside the United States, matched a Big East school against a Mid-American Conference opponent for the past four years. The Big East now has an agreement to send a team to the new Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The Big East Conference won all four games over the Mid-American Conference teams. South Florida’s 27-3 win over Northern Illinois on January 2 drew the bowl’s lowest attendance 22,000-plus fans at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. In 2009, Connecticut beat Buffalo in front of 40,184 fans.

Incredible! UConn Lady Huskies wins record 71st straight game

compiled from staff and wire reports

Number 1 ranked Connecticut women’s basketball team made history Monday night, winning their 71st game in a row.

Tina Charles sored 16 points and Maya Moore chipped in with 11 to help UConn win an NCAA record 71st straight game, a 59-44 victory over number 6 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Connecticut surpassed its own mark set from November 9, 2001 to March 11, 2003.

Geno Auriemma record-setting coach (UConn)

With Monday’s win over Notre Dame (27-5), UConn imroved to 13-0 against top-10-opponents winning by an average of 26.2 points. Even number 2 Stanford lost by 12 when the teams met in late December.

The Huskies has rarely even trailed during its streak. The Huskies have been behind for a total 86 minutes in the 71 games. It’s been even more uncommon for UConn to be down in the second half, only facing a deficit three times after intermission.

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