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Huskies in their usual place

Forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, driving past Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Jenkins during the second half, scores 22 to help Connecticut reach the region semifinals for a 20th straight season.

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Forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, driving past Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Jenkins during the second half, scores 22 to help Connecticut reach the region semifinals for a 20th straight season.

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut has had its share of streaks, including a memorable 90 wins in a row between 2008 and 2010.

The Huskies added to another impressive run Monday night, advancing to the region semifinals of the women's NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season with a 77-44 win over Vanderbilt.

"The consistency of our program, day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out is something that we can take great pride in," coach Geno Auriemma said. "I don't know who else has done it 20 years in a row, but it's really hard to do. Sometimes we make it look easy, but it's really hard to do."

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the way with 22 points for UConn, which faces Maryland on Saturday. Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (31-4), who are seeking their sixth straight Final Four trip and eighth national championship.

Tiffany Clarke had 16 points for Vanderbilt (21-12), which dropped three of its last six games. Kendall Shaw came off the bench to add 12 points for the Commodores.

The Huskies led by 13 at halftime and opened the second half on a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. UConn held Vanderbilt without a field goal for more than seven minutes after intermission, and the Commodores missed 11 consecutive shots.

"We take a lot of pride in our defense," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Coach told us at halftime, 'You guys can't just turn it on and off whenever you want, you have to stay consistent throughout the game.' As soon as we came out we knew that we had to flip the switch and make sure it stayed on the whole time."

Mosqueda-Lewis capped the big second-half run with a 3-pointer that made it 54-24. The basket also gave her the school record for 3s in a season, surpassing Wendy Davis' 107 in 1991-92.

She came in shooting a nation-best 50 percent from behind the arc and 44 percent in her two seasons at UConn.

"I know when the ball is in her hands good things are going to happen," guard Caroline Doty said.

MARYLAND 74, MICH. ST. 49: Alyssa Thomas scored 28 for the fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight year. Annalise Pickrel and Becca Mills each scored 12 for the No. 5 seed Spartans (25-9).

Oklahoma City Region

OKLAHOMA 85, UCLA 72: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 from the perimeter, and Joanna McFarland handled things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the sixth-seeded Sooners (24-10) in Columbus, Ohio. The third-seeded Bruins (26-8) fell to 11-12 in NCAA Tournament play.

TENN. 68, CREIGHTON 52: Kamiko Williams scored 15 and the second-seeded Vols (26-7) pulled away in the second half to improve to 52-0 in NCAA Tournament games on their home floor. The No. 10 seed Bluejays (25-8) were denied their first appearance in a region semifinal.

Spokane Region

GEORGIA 65, IOWA ST. 60: Shacobia Barbee scored 20, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and the No. 4 Bulldogs (27-6) held off a furious second-half rally by the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-9) in Spokane, Wash.

Norfolk Region

KANSAS 75, S.C. 69: Senior Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27, and the Jayhawks (20-13) became the second No. 12 seed to advance to the round of 16, upsetting the fourth-seeded Gamecocks (25-8) in Boulder, Colo.

NEBRASKA 74, TEXAS A&M 63: Jordan Hooper scored 21 and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and 10 assists for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (25-8), who upset the third-seeded Aggies (25-10) on their home court.

Huskies in their usual place 03/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:05am]
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