OU's best not good enough to unseat Uconn

Oklahoma guard Stacey Dales (21) goes for two points under pressure from Connecticut defender Asjha Jones in the second half of the NCAA Women's National Championship game Sunday in San Antonio. UConn capped a perfect 39-0 season and claimed their third national title with their 82-70 win over the Sooners.

Oklahoma gave top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut their best shot, but it still wasn't good enough to beat the unbeatable.

Uconn continued their domination of Oklahoma and the rest of the nation en route to winning their third national championship with an 82-70 win over the Sooners Sunday night in San Antonio.

The Huskies, who became just the fourth team in NCAA women's history record an undefeated season, have now won all four meetings against Oklahoma, with two of the four coming in NCAA during their championship seasons in 2000 and now 2002.

Oklahoma trailed by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but fought back and eventually cut the UConn lead to six points with two minutes left.

"I never thought the game was over until the buzzer went off," said Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

"I know those Oklahoma kids never give up. We had a couple of chances to put the game away and I knew they were coming back."

The Sooners had a chance to close the gap, but Stacey Dales was called for traveling and the Huskies took control of the game from that point on.

"This was without question the most difficult game we've had to play," Auriemma said. "Oklahoma was unbelievably good."

Despite, shooting 0-for-9 from three-point range, the Huskies found a way to win by going inside where the shorter Sooners had no answer for forward Swin Cash.

Cash, who was named the Final Four's most outstanding player, poured in 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Uconn outrebounded Oklahoma, 44-25, the Sooners' lowest rebounding total this season.

"They're a very, very physical team and have a size advantage at almost every spot against us," said Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale.

"I think that continual battling inside wore on us a little bit."

Despite their poor three-point shooting, the Huskies still managed to make 30 field goals, the most given up by the Sooners this season.

Uconn's All-American guard - Sue Bird - was held in check for the most part. Bird was 0-for-3 from three-point range, 3-for-9 from the field, but still managed 14 points after hitting all eight of her free throw attempts.

Stacey Dales, OU's All-American guard, led the Sooners with 18 points while Rosalind Ross scored 17 points. LaNeishea Caufield played all 40 minutes and scored 14 points along with four steals.

Ross tied the final four record with eight made three-point attempts in her two final four appearances.

"I couldn't be more proud of this basketball team," said Coale, whose Sooners set school and Big 12 marks for most wins in a season.

"I'm sad not because we lost, but because it's over. For us, it's never been just about winning, it's about the process of it."

Oklahoma finishes the season 32-4..

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