The undefeated Connecticut Huskies outscored the Stanford Cardinal 47-32 in the second half en route to a 75-56 win Sunday in the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., setting up the first-ever matchup of unbeatens in the championship game.
The 39-0 Huskies take on 38-0 Notre Dame Tuesday night after the Fighting Irish beat Maryland 84-61.
The Cardinal (33-4) led by as many as six early, the last time at 22-16, before Connecticut closed the first half on a 12-2 run to go up 28-24.
The Huskies did a solid job denying Chiney Ogwumike touches in the paint. Ogwumike only got the ball in the paint on 15 of Stanford’s 66 possessions and she finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Breanna Stewart paced the Huskies with 18 points and seven rebounds. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 points, all in the second half, Bria Hartley had 13 points and four assists, Moriah Jefferson finished with 10 points, five steals and four assists and Stefanie Dolson went for 10 points and seven rebounds.
Amber Orrange led the Cardinal with 16 points and five assists. Lili Thompson finished with 12 points, 10 of them in the first 7:26 of the game as Stanford built a quick 16-10 lead.
Stanford was 21-for-55 (38.2 percent) overall, 6-for-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range and 8-for-10 (80 percent) at the foul line. Connecticut was 27-for-54 (50 percent), 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) and 17-for-24 (70.8 percent).
Two of Stanford’s four losses—the first and last—came at the hands of the Huskies, who beat the Cardinal by a nearly identical 76-57 count at Storrs, Conn., on Nov. 11.