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The University of Connecticut (UConn) Women's Basketball team made history on April 3rd, 2021, when they defeated San Diego State University 66-54 to win their fifth NCAA championship in program history.
The win marks UConn's 12th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and their fifth national title in the past seven years. This is UConn's first championship since their 2016 win over Syracuse.
UConn's remarkable performance was led by junior guard Evina Westbrook, who finished with a game-high 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Senior forward Napheesa Collier also had a strong game for UConn, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Senior guard Christyn Williams and freshman guard Paige Bueckers each added eight points and three assists, respectively.
The win was UConn's first since their 2016 national championship win over Syracuse. It was also UConn's first since the program's head coach Geno Auriemma announced his retirement in January of 2021.
The victory was a culmination of UConn's hard work throughout the tournament and the season. UConn went undefeated in the NCAA tournament, taking down the likes of Kansas State, UCLA, and Maryland en route to their fifth title.
UConn's domination of women's college basketball is unparalleled. They have now won five of the last seven NCAA championships, and four of the last five.
UConn's victory over San Diego State was a fitting end to a remarkable tournament run. UConn is once again the undisputed champion of college basketball, and their fifth title in program history further solidifies their legacy as one of the greatest programs in the history of the sport.