Eighth Wonder

The UConn women won their eighth national championship earlier this month in New Orleans when they crushed rival Notre Dame, 83-65 in the semi-final and rolled over Louisville, 93-60, in the title game. They made it look easy in the Big Easy. They were led by freshman wunderkind Breanna Stewart, affectionately known as “Stewie” who was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player after scoring a total of 52 points over the two games. But the victory was truly a team effort. They were unstoppable.

Covering the Final Four was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. It was a whirlwind of events starting with the Parade of Teams to kick off the weekend. Then the real work began with shooting team practices, press conferences, autograph-signing sessions, locker room scenes, the high school All America game, both semi-final games, more press conferences, and finally the big game.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite images from the tournament.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Morgan Tuck, Breanna Stewart, Kiah Stokes, and Moriah Jefferson get into the spirit of the Big Easy all dressed up complete with feather boas in the Parade of Teams at Mardi Gras World Friday night where the four teams were introduced to fans.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Stefanie Dolson shoots a layup during an open practice at the New Orleans Arena the day before taking on Notre Dame in a semi-final game.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Associate head coach Chris Dailey sets a light-hearted mood during practice.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Skylar Diggins and the Irish looked relaxed and confident as they posed for a team photo at their open practice the day before the semi-final game.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Back in the locker room after practice, Stefanie Dolson removes an ice pack from her right leg which was healing from a stress fracture.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

Breanna Stewart playfully tickles Chris Dailey as she is interviewed in the locker room after practice.

Assuming UConn wins Sunday, this is for presser and locker room stuff on Monday.

Moriah Jefferson reacts to a card delt while playing UNO with Morgan Tuck and Brianna Banks and Heather Buck (off camera), a locker room ritual for the group.

UConn's practice and media session; photos of ND as well. Here is  the sked, and UConn is the No. 1 seed in the second game: News Co

The team holds an autograph session for the legions of loyal fans who made the trip to New Orleans to cheer on their Huskies.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UConSkylar Diggins asserts herself against Bria Hartley early in the semi-final game, but UConn’s defense eventually brought the hammer down on Notre Dame’s shooting star, holding her to 10 points.

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UConn’s Kelly Faris was instrumental in keeping Skylar Diggins away from the ball as the two former high school opponents from Indiana faced off.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw takes issue with a ref’s call in the second half as UConn pulls away.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis showed off her considerable skills adding 16 points against the Irish.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

Caroline Doty shows why she’s the emotional leader for the Huskies as she leaps for joy as a teammate scores in the second half.

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Stefanie Dolson battles Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride for a loose ball.  McBride was the high scorer for the Irish with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Huskies stifling defense.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma directs his squad as they hold off Notre Dame.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

Bria Hartley drives to the hoop as Skylar Diggins defends.  Hartley scored 15 points in the game.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

UConn fan Liz Manning cheers as the Huskies roll over Notre Dame.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

As the clock winds down, Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Skylar Diggins can only watch as their 30-game winning streak comes to an end.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UConThe Huskies leap into each other’s arms as they celebrate their victory over Notre Dame to advance to the national championship game. They lost to Notre Dame three times during the season.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

The New Orleans Arena fills up as UConn and Louisville warm up before playing in the national championship.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

Stefanie Dolson gets a mouthful of fingers from Louisville’s Bria Smith in the first half of the championship game.  Dolson played through pain from a stress fracture throughout the tournament but managed 12 points and 6 rebounds in the game.

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The Huskies, feeling the momentum building, celebrate after Breanna Stewart was fouled on a play.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

Breanna Stewart dominated the game with 23 points and 9 rebounds.

UConn plays notre dame at 8:30, but also get some pix of the first game between Cal and Louisville for Monday coverage assuming UCon

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz gets in Shoni Schimmel’s face as UConn has it’s way with her in the championship game.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

A highlight of the game came late in the second half when senior Heather Buck stole the ball from a Louisville player and scored on the fast break.

UC LU36The bench erupts into cheers for Heather Buck as she punctuates UConn’s victory with a layup.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for FariMembers of the UConn pep band celebrate as UConn win is imminent.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari Geno Auriemma is waiting with open arms as senior Kelly Faris leaves the game for the final time in a UConn uniform in the final minutes of the championship.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis cuts the last piece of one of the nets after UConn won the national championship.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

Former UConn greats Maya Moore, Kalana Greene and Mel Thomas watch the celebration from the stands. Heather Buck’s Dad, David, is at left.

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The Huskies hoist the championship trophy for the fans to see.

uconn vs. louisville for national title game... Please make sure to get pix afterward if the team poses together. Last game for Fari

The team carries coach Geno Auriemma across the floor after UConn won their eighth national championship, tying Pat Summit’s record at Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Eighth Wonder

  1. Great job, Chloe, I esp. like the pic of Heather Buck on the breakaway. I was very jealous, I cannot think of a better assignment, covering the final four with the Huskies and being in New Orleans. I hope you had a great time, I certainly had a great time seeing your work!!!!!!

  2. pat hofperson says:

    These women are just the type we would all like to have as daughters. not only is their playing fantastic but their whole persona tells you what heart they have. they are ball players, they are students, they are women to be proud of

  3. Michael DeRosa says:

    Hsving been born and raised in Ct., and now living in VA, it makes me PROUD of the UCONN Huskies, both men and women’s team.. Growing up when other teams saw UCONN on their schedule they could always circle a “W”.
    Well, that all changed and noe UCONN is a true Division 1 powerhouse.
    Congradulations the the UCONN HUSKIES Women’s basketball team on their 8th title.