X factor: Connecticut's size was just too much for Notre Dame. Ultimately, the Irish had no one to match up with UConn's trio of Stewart, Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis. Missing Achonwa certainly hurt Notre Dame, but for as well as each of Connecticut's post players played, it's unlikely Achonwa could have changed that much. The three were so dominant that Connecticut did not need much production from its backcourt of Bria Hartley and Moriah Jefferson. Connecticut's coaching staff realized it had a mismatch in the frontcourt and exploited it all night long.
Quotable: "Congratulations to the UConn Huskies for winning the 2014 NCAA national championship! My compliments also to coach Geno Auriemma for winning his ninth national title. He has accomplished this feat in record time, with the help of some incredibly talented student-athletes and staff members. My best to each and every one of them! Enjoy the moment and cherish the memories." -- Pat Summitt, head coach emeritus, Tennessee