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One for the Other Thumb: UConn holds on to beat Notre Dame, 63-53

Hats off to Notre Dame for keeping it relatively close, but UConn never faltered. They win their third straight title and the tenth overall for the program.

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The UConn Huskies completed an incredible run tonight with a 63-53 win over Notre Dame in the national championship game.

37 straight wins. 3 national championships in a row. An average margin of victory of 32.83 in the NCAA Tournament.

That's what greatness looks like. That's what this UConn team achieved.

Geno Auriemma was in awe after the game, "I know we've won a lot of these, but I don't know that I've ever been more proud of a group of kids than I am of this group. I didn't trust them at the beginning of the season, I didn't trust them one bit, especially after the Stanford game...We just kept growing and growing."

UConn sends two seniors off with a title in Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes. Stokes came in off the bench to score 4 points and pull down two rebounds. Mosqueda-Lewis helped ice the game with her steady play in the second half, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

KML and Moriah Jefferson led all scorers with 15 points. Jefferson added five assists and four steals, playing with an explosiveness and quickness that Notre Dame defenders just couldn't handle.

Breanna Stewart won her third Final Four Most Outstanding Player award. She finished with 8 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in this one, fighting back tears on the podium as she shared just how hard this team worked to reach the summit. She will attempt to be the first player to win four titles in four years next year.

Morgan Tuck finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. She was named to the All-Tournament team along with Jefferson and Stewart.

This was the most in-question of any game in the tournament, which isn't saying much. Muffet McGraw certainly gave her team the best chance to win but the overwhelming talent on UConn's roster was just too much. Better luck next year, leprechauns.