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Basketball - 09. April 2009.

USA – UConn women cap off incredible season with sixth national title


ST LOUIS (NCAA Women’s Tournament) - The University of Connecticut put an exclamation point on another dominating season in women's college basketball with a 76-54 demolition of Louisville in Tuesday’s NCAA Final in St Louis.

Tina Charles had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Huskies, who captured their sixth national title but first since 2004.

"They're all special," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

"It's an incredible feeling when you can do something like this…

"This one feels really good because you have to be away from it for a while to really appreciate it."

Tennessee hold the record with eight NCAA crowns.

Each of UConn's wins this season was by 10 points or more - something that has never happened in the college game.

Charles, a junior center, made 11 of her 13 shots from the field and ended up as the Final Four MVP.

"It was another challenge and I wanted to show my teammates they could depend on me," said Charles, whose inconsistent play last season got her benched in the NCAA Tournament.

Seniors Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery were out of sync in the first half shooting the ball but each finished with 18 points.

Moore finished seven of 18 from the floor and Montgomery five of 14.

Auriemma, who has coached many of the United States women's team's top players at UConn like Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, has now coached three undefeated teams in his legendary career at UConn.

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