After all the years and countless milestones, it's hardly possible for UConn to bounce a pass anymore without making history.
    Geno Auriemma, the master craftsman, and his series of master classes, have become to their sport what Howard Johnson was to ice cream.
    Things just seemed vastly different in the world once they came along.
    On Tuesday, after being re-routed at times by injuries and, you know, Notre Dame, the Huskies arrived at the place they've come to know so well.
    This eighth team brought to the national championship by Auriemma did what the previous seven accomplished. It won.
    Led by freshman Breanna Stewart, UConn's newest flavor sensation, who scored 23 points with nine rebounds, the Huskies drilled Louisville 93-60 to win their eighth national championship.
    Stewart was named most outstanding player, just the third freshman and first in 25 years. The margin of victory was the largest in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.
    "Leading up to the tournament it was a little bit of a struggle, despite our record," Auriemma said. "It was nothing that those on the outside could see, but it was an internal struggle to get connected and to be the kind of team I know we could be.
    "But the last month has been everything and more than I could have hoped for."
    UConn is 8-0 in national championship games and here is basically how this one went: With 13:51 to play in the first half, Bria Smith's free throw gave Louisville a 14-10 lead.
    And then it was over.
    Over the next 5:25 the Huskies, with classic, clinical precision, sped to their championship.
    UConn went on a 19-0 run, starting with a Bria Hartley field goal with 12:54 remaining, and ending with a looping three by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 8:48 to play.
    It was UConn, 29-14.
    And in the most literal sense, the torch was officially passed to Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis, who for the next two seasons will try to help Auriemma reach John Wooden's total of 10 national championships.
    Auriemma is tied with Tennessee's Pat Summitt for the most titles in Division I women's basketball history.
    UConn (35-4) had five players in double-figures. Mosqueda-Lewis, the All-American and UConn's greatest three-point shooter in history, added 18 points, including five threes. She had nine rebounds.
    Kelly Faris, the fundamentally fabulous one, who transformed herself from a team player to a team leader, scored 16 points with four three-pointers. She had nine rebounds and six assists.
    Bria Hartley, whose season was seriously uprooted in August by an ankle injury while playing for USA Basketball in Greece, added 13 points.