Tuesday, March 08, 2011

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (32-1, 19-0 BE)

Results: Connecticut 73, Notre Dame 64
Player of the Game: Fr. C Stefanie Dolson (24p, 9r, 1a, 2b, 40m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. W Maya Moore (3dr, 3s, 2b, 40m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. C Stefanie Dolson (24p, 9r, 1a, 2b, 40m)
Stat of the Game: Pts. Off TO's: UConn 20, Notre Dame 12

2011 Big East Tournament Champions!!!

2011 Big East Tournament Most Valuable Player
Sr. W Maya Moore, Connecticut

2011 Big East All-Tournament Team
Fr. C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Fr. G Bria Hartley, Connecticut
Jr. W Keisha Hampton, DePaul
So. G Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Jr. G Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame

Summary: Fr. Stefanie Dolson dominated inside with career-high tying 24pts. and 9rebs. while UConn All-American and Tournament MVP Maya Moore added 22p/5r/3a/3s/2b to help UConn fight its way to its 4th straight BET Title with a 73-64 victory over Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament final. The Huskies have now won 17 Big East championships overall. Leading 41-40 early in the second half, UConn went on an 11-0 run to break. Moore, who earned tournament MVP honors for the second time in her stellar career, had three points and two assists during the burst. Moore followed that with a 3-pointer from the corner with 12:44 left to cap the spurt and tie her with Penn State great Kelly Mazzante for ninth place on the career NCAA scoring list with 2,919 points. She ended the game all alone in 9th with 2,921 career points. Moore became only the second two-time MVP of the tournament, joining former UConn great Kara Wolters (1995 and 1996). She is just the second player in conference history to win both the regular season and postseason MVP awards in the same year (Moore also won both awards in 2009 as a sophomore). Shelly Pennefather of Villanova was the only other player to do it (and did it twice as well in 1986 and 1987). It was the Huskies' 81st consecutive victory at home.

Of Note: Even though she earned her 2nd MVP award of the Big East Tournament, Maya Moore would have cast her vote for Fr. Stefanie Dolson, who led the Huskies with 24pts. "I told her she was my MVP," said Moore, who gave Dolson a giant bear hug as the final buzzer sounded. "Just the way she stayed aggressive, stayed confident and finished so well inside for us."

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