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UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World

By routing Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its ninth NCAA championship — which means that coach Geno Auriemma is no longer tied with legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most titles among women's coaches.

But that's not the only milestone that highlights UConn's place in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. Check this out:

Before Tuesday, only one school had won both the men's and women's Division I basketball titles in the same year.

That would be the University of Connecticut, in 2004.

Now UConn has pulled off that feat twice. The men beat Kentucky to win their tournament on Monday.

Fans are thrilled, as ESPN reports:

"It's just such a big deal," said Alexander Potts, a sophomore from Norwich, who was in the stands for both the men's and women's games. "We love basketball here, it's our No. 1 sport, and nobody is better at it."

Tuesday night, The Associated Press writes:

"Breanna Stewart, who was the AP's player of the year, scored 21 points to lead the Huskies while Stefanie Dolson added 17 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. ...

"It was the fifth unbeaten season for Auriemma and UConn and the first time the Huskies went 40-0 — matching Baylor as the only schools to accomplish that feat. The victory was also Connecticut's 46th straight dating back to last season's NCAA tournament title run. It's the third longest streak in school history — well short of the NCAA record 90 straight they won.

"The loss was Notre Dame's third in the title game in the past four years. Kayla McBride finished off her stellar career with 21 points to lead the Irish, who were looking for their first championship since 2001."

One historical note: While UConn is the only Division I school to have won the women's and men's championships in the same year, that two-fer has been pulled off once in a lower division. USA Today's For the Win blog points out that "in 1984 the University of Central Missouri, then known as Central Missouri State, captured both the men's and women's Division II titles in the same year."

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