Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and undefeated Connecticut continued its march toward an unprecedented ninth national championship with a 75-56 win against Stanford on Sunday night.
The Huskies (39-0) also did their part in setting up the highly anticipated championship matchup of undefeated teams.
They will play Notre Dame, an 87-61 winner over Maryland, on Tuesday night in the title game. It will be the first women’s national title game between unbeaten teams.
The Huskies also won their 45th straight game after overcoming another sluggish start. Stewart, the Associated Press player of the year, missed her first four shots and UConn was up just 28-24 at halftime.
But Connecticut settled down and outscored the Cardinal 47-32 in the second half.
Stanford (33-4) lost its third national semifinal since reaching the 2010 championship against UConn, which the Huskies also won. All-American Chiney Ogwumike finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Upset After Upset For Huskie Men
Connecticut and Kentucky couldn’t have met in last year’s championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this year’s.
But they are.
Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.
Neither was around in last year’s postseason — Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didn’t make the field.
They both have made their presence felt this year on the way to an unlikely title game.
Connecticut (31-8) has brought defense to the forefront in a five-game run that has the Huskies within 40 minutes of their fourth national championship.
Kentucky has used late game heroics from Aaron Harrison, one of five freshmen starting for the Wildcats (29-10), who are looking for title No. 9.