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The University of Connecticut Huskies have achieved the ultimate college basketball goal: winning March Madness. On Monday night, the Huskies dominated the San Diego State Aztecs 76-59 in an impressive showing of athleticism, defense, and shooting.
UConn started the game with a bang, scoring the first eight points and never looking back. The Huskies held the Aztecs to just 22 percent shooting in the first half and held a commanding 41-20 lead at the break.
The Huskies were led by Paige Bueckers, who scored a game-high 28 points. She also had six assists and four rebounds. Christyn Williams had 19 points and four assists while Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 11 points and four rebounds.
The Aztecs were led by Kiana Williams, who scored 16 points. She was the only San Diego State player to reach double figures in scoring. The Aztecs shot just 29 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.
The Huskies' smothering defense was too much for the Aztecs, who struggled to find any offensive rhythm. UConn outrebounded San Diego State 39-27 and outscored the Aztecs in the paint 42-20.
With the win, UConn is the first team in history to win five March Madness titles. The Huskies have now won 11 national championships, second only to UCLA’s record-setting 11 titles. UConn has been dominant since the tournament began in 1982, having won 33 of its 37 tournament games.
UConn’s win was an impressive display of basketball prowess, and the Huskies are now the clear favorites for the national championship. The Huskies will face the Baylor Bears in the Final Four on Friday.