ST. LOUIS The No. 1 UConn women, driven by three stars as incomparably gifted as any they've ever had, won it all Tuesday.
Challenged briefly in the first half, the Huskies rolled as usual, defeating Louisville, 76-54, at the Scottrade Center to win their sixth national championship in 14 seasons.
Geno Auriemma's team (39-0) completed its third undefeated season, joining the 1995 and 2002 champs as program icons.
At the forefront of the attack was junior center Tina Charles, so maligned in the past for her playoff performance. On Tuesday, Charles performance was record-setting.
With her 25 points and 19 rebounds she became just the sixth player in NCAA Championship Game history to have a 15-point, 15-rebound game.
Senior Renee Montgomery ended her career with 18 points and sophomore Maya Moore added 18.
UConn's trio of All-Americans combined for 61 of the Huskies points.
Senior Angel McCoughtry, Louisville's All-American, led the Cardinals with 24 points in her final game.
UConn's third win over the Cardinals this season was certainly a charm, its 39th straight of 10 points or more. The Huskies are the first team in NCAA history men or women to win each game by a double-digit margin.