ST. LOUIS (AP) - With one final blowout, UConn grabbed the
national title and a piece of basketball history.
Tina Charles had 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Tuesday night
as UConn routed Louisville 76-54 and captured the Huskies' sixth
It wasn't just that Connecticut claimed another title. It was
how they did it.
UConn won every one of its 39 games by double digits, an
unprecedented run in college basketball.
Charles was the star of the last big win. She commanded both
ends of the floor and Louisville, which lost to UConn for the third
time this season, had no one who could stop her.
Coach Geno Auriemma had said before the tournament that his
junior center would be the key to UConn winning the title. A year
after he benched her in the NCAAs for inconsistent play, Charles
She was 11-for-13 from the field, and fell just one rebound
short of becoming only the second player ever in a championship
game to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Charles was named
the outstanding player of the Final Four.
Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery each added 18 points for the
Angel McCoughtry finished off her stellar career for Louisville
with 23 points. Candyce Bingham was the only other Cardinal in
double figures with 10 points as Louisville (34-5) shot a dismal 31
percent from the floor.