Postgame Notes - No. 3 seed Connecticut vs. No. 1 seed Notre Dame
Game 15 – Title Game, March 6, 2012
XL Center – Hartford, Conn.
With the win, UConn captures its 18th BIG EAST tournament title, its fifth straight.
Tuesday’s contest was the sixth meeting between the Huskies and the Irish in the BIG EAST Championship final. UConn has won all six match-ups.
ND and UConn met twice during the regular-season, with the Irish winning both matchups. UConn’s win on Tuesday snapped a three-game series losing streak dating back to last year’s Final Four.
The win was the 800th of coach Geno Auriemma's career. Auriemma is the fastest women’s basketball coach to reach 800 victories (928 games). He is now 800-128 (.862).
The Huskies moved to 7-0 as the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST tournament.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is the first UConn freshman since Diana Taurasi (2001) to earn Most Outstanding Player honors.
ND was held to a season low 54 points. The Irish entered the game averaging 80.4 ppg, tops in the BIG EAST.
UConn entered the game averaging 76.7 ppg and was held to 63 points.
There were 10 jumps balls, including the opening tip.
Most Outstanding Player
- Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
- Bria Hartley, Connecticut
- Kayla McBride, Notre Dame
- Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame
- Shenneika Smith, St. John’s
- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut
Mosqueda Lewis averaged 19.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg during the three games of the tournament
She had 17 points, six rebounds against Rutgers on March 4
She had 22 points and five rebounds against St. John’s on March 5
She had 19 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame on March 6