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UConn campus still abuzz with celebration

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Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson (31) celebrates a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of the championship game (AP photo) Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson (31) celebrates a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of the championship game (AP photo)
UConn students rushed the court at Gampel after the Huskies' victory. UConn students rushed the court at Gampel after the Huskies' victory.
Students held a dance party in the middle of the Student Union Students held a dance party in the middle of the Student Union
Some people were detained by police on the Storrs campus. It is unknown if any arrests have been made. Some people were detained by police on the Storrs campus. It is unknown if any arrests have been made.
UConn forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd (32) during the first half of the championship game  (AP photo) UConn forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd (32) during the first half of the championship game (AP photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

UConn fans and students continued Wednesday to celebrate a second national championship in two nights.

The UConn women's basketball team earned its ninth championship and joined the men's team for the second time since 2004.

The Huskies defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville, TN.

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the national championship game in Arlington, TX, on Monday night.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 18 points and seven rebounds while Breanna Stewart had 21 points and nine rebounds.

Stefanie Dolson contributed with a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds as well as seven assists. Senior guard Bria Hartley had 13 points in her final game.

The Huskies started fast in the national championship game and had a four-point lead, 12-8 with 14:27 left in the first half. With 11 minutes left in the half, the Huskies had a 14-point lead, 22-8.

In the first half, the Huskies dominated in the post, while the Fighting Irish shot the 3-pointer well.

The lead for the Huskies ballooned to 21 points, 63-42, with about 12 minutes left in the game.

UConn led Notre Dame 45-38 at halftime.

Though the Irish and Huskies were tied at multiple points, UConn never trailed and took over in the second half.

In the second half, the Huskies led by double digits most of the game.

With about 3:45 left, the Huskies got their biggest lead of the night when they went up 24 points, 71-47.

UConn held a watch party at Gampel Pavilion. Although it was not as widely attended as the men's national championship game, there were thousands of people in the arena Tuesday night.

Following the victory, the court at Gampel became a sea after students rushed the court screaming and cheering. Students danced in the middle of the Student Union and cheered. 

Music had stopped around 11:15 p.m. and the crowd dispersed. Around that time, there were "no reports of major disturbances."

"Thousands of students on campus are cheering the UConn women following their ninth national championship. With both the men's and women's teams winning this week, there's a celebratory mood here. At this point in the evening, we have no serious problems to report. We extend our thanks to everyone who helped make this a positive celebration of our UConn teams," said UConn Chief of Police Barbara O'Connor in a statement Tuesday.

Two non-students were arrested and charges with breach of peace and reckless endangerment.

Both teams were undefeated heading into the title game, UConn at 39-0, Notre Dame at 37-0. Tuesday's game marks the first time two unbeaten teams face off in the championship.

The teams are very familiar with each other and have played more than a dozen times over the past few seasons as former Big East Conference rivals.

Some might have thought the Irish had the Huskies' number, winning seven of 12 matchups over the past three seasons.

However, the Huskies won their ninth championship and are undefeated in title games. Tuesday's win gaves UConn coach Geno Auriemma the most NCAA championships in women's basketball history.

Both teams have Associated Press All-Americans, Breanna Stewart and Kayla McBride.

However, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw was selected as the AP Coach of the Year over Auriemma.

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