Stefanie Dolson, UConn win women's college basketball title
1,000 career points? Check.
All-America team? Check.
National championship? Give that a check now, too.
Stefanie Dolson's career at Connecticut has gone about as well as she could have reasonably expected, especially after her Huskies blew out Louisville 93-60 on Tuesday night in New Orleans to win the women's NCAA Tournament.
A 6-foot-5 junior center who played at Minisink Valley High School, Dolson had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory. She has been playing the past month in pain because of a stress fracture in her right ankle and plantar fasciitis in her left foot. She celebrated while wearing a protective boot.
It was the eighth national title for the powerhouse Huskies, but Dolson's first. UConn has reached the Final Four in each of her three seasons.
“We knew from the first day of preseason that we were going to be in this game,” Dolson said in the locker room after the victory. “Just to prove to ourselves that we were able to do it, to fight through all the people who didn't expect us to (win the championship), that just makes it a little bit more sweeter.”
Freshman Breanna Stewart, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, led Connecticut with 23 points – including 18 in the first half.
The Huskies' postseason run was awe-inspiring. Connecticut won its six tournament games by an average margin of 34.7 points.