Stewart's exploits are reminiscent of two of the all-time greats. As freshmen, Cheryl Miller guided USC to a title in 1983 and Chamique Holdsclaw led Tennessee to a championship in 1996.
Louisville was trying to become the lowest seed to win a NCAA championship on the women's side.
Villanova, as an eight seed, was the lowest ever to win it on the men's side back in 1985.
The Schimmel sisters who really carried Louisville in the tournament had a rough go against UConn. Shoni Schimmel missed her first six shots and finished with just seven points on 3 of 15 shooting. Jude Schimmel was saddled with three fouls in the first half.
With UConn's victory the Big East conference won a ninth national championship. The conference, which will split apart after this season, has been the most dominant in women's basketball over the past decade.
And having both teams in the championship game was a fitting end to its current configuration.
Neither team will be in the new Big East next season as both teams will be in the American Athletic Conference. Louisville will then head to the ACC the year after.
This was the first of UConn's championships when the Huskies didn't win a regular season or Big East tournament championship, making it a little bit sweeter for seniors Kelly Faris, Caroline Doty and Heather Buck.
UConn's other national championships came in 1995, 2000, 2002-04, 2009-10.