2009-2010 NCAA Women's Basketball National Champions

UConn's Kaili McLaren (right) battles Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike for a rebound during the first half of Tuesday night's NCAA championship game. The Huskies rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit, the largest during their 78-game winning streak capture their seventh national title, 53-47.
UConn's Kaili McLaren (right) battles Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike for a rebound during the first half of Tuesday night's NCAA championship game. The Huskies rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit, the largest during their 78-game winning streak capture their seventh national title, 53-47.

NOV. 14, 2009: NO. 1 UCONN 105, NORTHEASTERN 35 (Storrs) - Tina Charles finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead six UConn players in double figures. With 13 points, Kalana Greene became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark and redshirt freshman Heather Buck of Stonington played in her first career game for the Huskies, grabbing 12 rebounds.

NOV. 17: UCONN 83, NO. 10 TEXAS 58 (San Antonio) - Maya Moore had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Huskies had their first test of the season against a ranked team, setting the stage for their return to San Antonio for the Final Four.

NOV. 20: UCONN 87, HOLY CROSS 34 (Worcester, Mass.) - Moore had 21 points and UConn outscored Holy Cross 54-4 in the paint.

NOV. 27: UCONN 91, HOFSTRA 46 (Storrs) - UConn coach Geno Auriemma, in his 25th season, became the fastest coach in the history of women's basketball to 700 wins as the Huskies won the first game of the WBCA Classic. Moore led the way with 23 points.

NOV. 28: UCONN 86, RICHMOND 37 (Storrs) - UConn hit 13 3-point field goals, a school record 10 in the first half, in the second game of the WBCA Classic. Caroline Doty finished with 17 points, going 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

NOV. 29: UCONN 87, CLEMSON 48 (Storrs) - Greene scored a career-high 28 points and Charles added 20 as UConn won the WBCA Classic.

DEC. 3: UCONN 84, VERMONT 42 (Storrs) - Moore scored 20 points in a rematch of the first round of the 2008-09 NCAA tournament between the Huskies and the Catamounts.

DEC. 10: UCONN 80, HARTFORD 45 (Hartford) - Moore had 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, as UConn played its annual game with the Hawks, coached by former UConn All-American Jen Rizzotti.

DEC. 20: UCONN 90, IONA 35 (Storrs) - Moore had 23 points, the sixth time in nine games she scored 20 or more.

DEC. 23: UCONN 80, NO. 2 STANFORD 68 (Hartford) - UConn trailed by two points at halftime and was down 44-42 early in the second half before going on a 30-6 run over the next 11 minutes, causing Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer's pronouncement that the Huskies "play at a different pace." Moore had 23 points and Charles 20 points and 21 rebounds in front of a sold-out crowd.

DEC. 28: UCONN 78, NO. 12 FLORIDA STATE 59 (at Tallahassee, Fla.) - The Huskies, playing their first game following a brief holiday break, came alive in the second half to pull away from the Seminoles as Charles scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half and Moore finished with 16 points.

JAN. 2, 2010: UCONN 91, SETON HALL 24 (at South Orange, N.J.) - UConn's Big East opener featured a 21-for-28 shooting performance by Charles (19 points), Greene (16) and Moore (14). It was the 800th win in program history for the Huskies, who led 52-12 at halftime.

JAN. 4: UCONN 84, SOUTH FLORIDA 42 (Hartford) - Tiffany Hayes had a game-high 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Moore added 18 points and 10 rebounds. UConn led 18-2 to start the game, including 10 points from Hayes.

JAN. 7: UCONN 83, CINCINNATI 51 (Storrs) - The game marked the homecoming of former UConn player and assistant coach Jamelle Elliott, in her first season as the Cincinnati coach after previously having been a part of all six UConn national championships. Moore had 25 points.

JAN. 9: UCONN 88, NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 47 (Storrs) - Charles had 25 points and 13 rebounds and UConn demolished the Tar Heels, ending the suspense of whether the Huskies would be challenged by some of the best teams in the nation. North Carolina shot just 22.4 percent for the game, going 17-for-76, as Charles outscored her opponents by herself in the first half, 25-24.

JAN. 13: UCONN 68, AT MARQUETTE 43 (Milwaukee) - UConn didn't have a field goal in the final 10 minutes, but still won comfortably, with 23 points and 11 rebounds from Charles. Moore had four points, the lowest scoring total of her career.

JAN. 16: UCONN 70, NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 46 (Storrs) - The fans turned out early and stayed late as the two Big East teams were a part of ESPN College GameDay, the first time a women's basketball game has been featured in that arena. UConn got off to a 42-19 lead at halftime, while Charles finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

JAN. 18: UCONN 81, NO. 7 DUKE 48 (Durham, N.C.) - UConn took on another top 10 challenger in a raucous Cameron Indoor Stadium and had all five starters finish in double figures, including 20 points and six 3-pointers from Moore. Greene added 18 points, as the Huskies knocked in 13 3-pointers in all and snapped Duke's 23-game home winning streak, completing an eventful two-game string.

JAN. 23: UCONN 74, VILLANOVA 35 (Villanova, Pa.) - Moore scored 24 points and senior Meghan Gardler earned the first start of her UConn career in her native Philadelphia. UConn outshot Villanova 55.4 percent-23.4 percent.

JAN. 26: UCONN 73, RUTGERS 36 (Hartford) - In the first regular season in some time the teams haven't played twice, UConn got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Moore for the victory. Greene finished with 17 points for the Huskies, who led 40-15 at the half, fueled by a 20-2 run.

JAN. 30: UCONN 98, PITTSBURGH 56 (Pittsburgh) - Charles became the sixth UConn player to reach the 2,000-point plateau, with 24 points and nine rebounds against the Panthers. Charles scored 18 points in the first half, one more than she needed to become the first 2,000-point scorer since Diana Taurasi (2004). Moore added 22 points.

FEB. 2: UCONN 80, NO. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 47 (Hartford) - Greene led the way with 18 points, as the Huskies led just 32-24 at halftime, but pulled away with a 24-3 run in the second half. The win came a day after UConn was voted the top team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the 37th straight week, breaking the all-time record held by Louisiana Tech (1980-82).

FEB. 7: UCONN 84, LOUISVILLE 38 (Louisville, Ky.) - UConn scored 50 or more in a half for the sixth time, routing Louisville in a rematch of last year's national championship game in St. Louis. Charles had 20 points for the Huskies, who limited Louisville to 21.4 percent shooting.

FEB. 10: UCONN 95, DEPAUL 62 (Chicago) - Hayes and Charles had 19 points each, with Hayes hitting a 3-pointer to beat the first-half buzzer and against to start the second half. Hayes had 16 in the first half and finished shooting 7-for-10.

FEB. 13: UCONN 66, NO. 25 ST. JOHN'S 52 (Storrs) - Charles had her jersey No. 31 hung from the wall of Gampel Pavilion as part of the Huskies of Honor program, then finished with 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. Charles was the 15th player to be included in the Huskies of Honor, only the second active player, joining Renee Montgomery.

FEB. 15: UCONN 76, NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 60 (Norman, Okla.) - In one of the most exciting atmospheres of the regular season, UConn led 32-30 at halftime before pulling away from the Sooners before a crowd of 11,865 on "Pack the Place Pink" night at the Lloyd Noble Center. UConn trailed in the second half for only the second time this season. Hayes led UConn with 20 points.

FEB. 20: UCONN 85 PROVIDENCE 53 (Hartford) - Charles had 26 points and Moore 21, the fifth time the Huskies had two players score 20 points or more.

FEB. 24: UCONN 87, SYRACUSE 66 (Syracuse, N.Y.) - Moore had a season-high 38 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as UConn clinched at least a share of the Big East regular-season title. Moore became just the second player in UConn history to have more than 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Rebecca Lobo.

FEB. 27: UCONN 84, NO. 13 GEORGETOWN 62 (Hartford) - Charles had a season-high 33 points and added 15 rebounds as the Huskies grabbed the Big East title outright for the 18th time in program history. It was Senior Day for UConn, which will lose Charles, Greene, Gardler, Jacquie Fernandes and Kaili McLaren to graduation.

MARCH 1: UCONN 76, NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 51 (South Bend, Ind.) - This was the game in which history really began to manifest itself for the Huskies, as they finished the regular season 30-0 for the second straight season and Charles became the program's all-time leader in point and rebounds. Charles had 18 points and eight rebounds as she eclipsed Nykesha Sales for first place on UConn's all-time scoring list and Lobo on the all-time rebounding list in the same game.

MARCH 7: UCONN 77, SYRACUSE 41 (Hartford) - UConn won its 70th straight game, tying its own NCAA record for consecutive victories in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Charles tied her career high with 34 points and Moore had 16 points and 14 rebounds to reach the 2,000-point plateau for her career.

MARCH 8: UCONN 59, NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 44 (Hartford) - In the third game against the Irish this season, UConn broke the all-time NCAA record for consecutive victories with No. 71 in the Big East semifinals. Charles had 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Huskies advanced to the finals.

MARCH 9: UCONN 60, NO. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 32 (Hartford) - Greene had 15 points and 12 rebounds and was named Most Outstanding Player as the Huskies won their 16th Big East tournament title. Greene made her first seven shots and finished 7-for-8, while Hayes also finished with 15 points.

MARCH 21: UCONN 95, SOUTHERN 39 (Norfolk, Va.) - Charles had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Huskies held Southern to just 10 points in the second half in the first-round victory, matching their best defensive half in NCAA tournament history. Moore added 21 points.

MARCH 23: UCONN 90, TEMPLE 36 (Norfolk, Va.) - Moore went 6-for-6 and scored 19 points in just 16 minutes as UConn faced former assistant coach Tonya Cardoza, now the head coach at Temple, in the second round. UConn led 55-12 at halftime, shooting 77.8 percent, and freshman Kelly Faris finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in only her second career NCAA tournament game.

MARCH 28: UCONN 74, NO. 16 IOWA STATE 36 (Dayton, Ohio) - Moore scored 16 of her 25 points in the first nine minutes, as the Huskies established a combined 148-point margin of victory in the first three rounds of the tournament, an NCAA record. The Huskies led 42-14 at halftime.

MARCH 30: UCONN 90, NO. 11 FLORIDA STATE 50 (Dayton, Ohio) - UConn set an NCAA record for largest margin of victory in a regional final with 40, as Moore was named the region's Most Outstanding Player. Moore finished with 22 points and Charles had 20 points and 14 rebounds, as the Huskies headed to their 11th Final Four in program history with a 76-game winning streak.

APRIL 4: UCONN 70, NO. 14 BAYLOR 50 (San Antonio) - Moore had 34 points, her highest total ever in an NCAA tournament game, and added 12 rebounds as the Huskies advanced to the national championship game for the seventh time. Charles finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, combining with Moore to score all but 15 of the Huskies' points. Baylor pulled to within three points, 41-38, with 14:55 remaining, only to have Moore and Charles take over the game. The Huskies, who will play Baylor in the regular season next year, go their first look at 6-foot-8 freshman center Brittney Griner, who finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks.

APRIL 6: NO. 1 UCONN 53, NO. 2 STANFORD 47 (San Antonio) - Moore scores 18 of her 23 points in the second half as the Huskies rally from a 20-12 halftime deficit and become the first women's team in NCAA history to record back-to-back perfect seasons. Charles ends her career with nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots as UConn finishes its incredible two-year run with a 78-game winning streak, although for the first time it failed to beat an opponent by 10 points or more.

- Vickie Fulkerson


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