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“After the Big East tournament loss, we sat in the locker room, and (Auriemma) looked at us. And he said, `When we get back together, I’m going to show you how to win a national championship,’” senior Kelly Faris said.

And he did, keeping intact one of the more remarkable streaks in sports. Auriemma and his team have never lost an NCAA title game, going 8 for 8.

“I’ve said this before: I really believe that coaches lose more championship games than they win,” Auriemma said. “You don’t have your team ready for whatever reason, mentally usually. I’ve been in the Final Four a couple of times where we’ve lost, and mentally we weren’t right.

“But we’ve never been in a championship game where mentally we weren’t right. That’s something I’m really proud of.”


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