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Magical two-year run now forever part of NCAA lore

By Mike DiMauro

Publication: The Day

Published April 07. 2010 4:00AM   Updated April 07. 2010 8:59AM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
Above, UConn's Maya Moore cuts the net following the Huskies' 53-47 victory over Stanford in the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, on Tuesday. Moore was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

San Antonio - It turns out that in ugliness, there is beauty. The UConn women, battling a shooting disorder most of the game, turned a night of imperfection into perfection on Tuesday night at the Alamodome.

They turned it into a national championship, too.

Again.

And for the second straight season, the UConn Huskies are the undefeated national champions of women's college basketball.

UConn 53, Stanford 47.

The women of Storrs won their seventh national championship, 78th straight game and finished the season 39-0.

UConn trailed 20-12 at halftime and had missed 27 of its first 32 shots before a second-half rally that will be remembered fondly in program lore and legend.

Maya Moore scored 23 points to lead the Huskies.

UConn enters next season 10 victories from tying UCLA's record of 88 straight, set in the mid 1970s in men's basketball. UConn would tie the record, ironically, in late December at Stanford.

The program bids adieu to starters Kalana Greene and Tina Charles, who won two national championships and made it to three Final Fours in four years. Charles, expected to be the Connecticut Sun's first pick in Thursday's WNBA Draft, leaves as UConn's career scoring and rebounding leader.

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