Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Huskies still looking invincible

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — UConn's headed back to the Final Four thanks to its stellar senior class of Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson.

The All-American trio took over when Texas was making a run in the third quarter to help UConn to the 86-65 victory Monday night, sending the Huskies to the national semifinals.

"We're the seniors, and we've got to make big plays in big moments," said Jefferson, who had 11 points and nine assists. "They were on a run, and we really needed to step up."

Tuck scored 22 and Stewart added 21 points and 13 rebounds for UConn (36-0), which is headed to the Final Four for the ninth straight time. The Huskies will be trying for a record fourth straight national championship.

"Nine times is a lot of Final Fours," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "That's a lot. That's a lot of players over a lot of years. It's not easy to do."

The victory, UConn's 73rd straight overall, was also its record 22nd in a row in the postseason, breaking a tie with Tennessee.

OREGON ST. 60, BAYLOR 57: Sydney Wiese scored 18, including three free throws in the final 34 seconds, and the second-seeded Beavers (32-4) won the Dallas Region title to advance to the Final Four for the first time. Alexis Jones had 19 points for the top-seeded Bears, who finished their season with a region final loss for the third straight time.

STALLINGS INTRODUCED: Kevin Stallings met the media for the first time as Pittsburgh's coach, saying that after 17 years at Vanderbilt, he needed a challenge. "There comes a point in your life if you don't change, you're never going to change," Stallings said. "I kind of determined I wanted one more opportunity."

FLORIDA: Guard DeVon Walker decided to transfer for his final year of eligibility.

SANTA CLARA: Former Arizona State coach Herb Sendek agreed to a six-year deal, ESPN reported. Sendek, 53, went 159-137 in nine years with the Sun Devils before being fired after the 2015 season.

UNLV: Little Rock's Chris Beard will be hired to succeed Dave Rice as coach. Beard, 42, is stepping down after one season with the Trojans, who won a Sun Belt- and program-record 30 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Former Texas A&M assistant Rick Stansbury was named head coach. Stansbury, 56, has spent the past two seasons as associate head coach to Billy Kennedy. He spent 22 years at Mississippi State, including his final 14 as head coach, when he went 293-166.

NBA DRAFT: Guard Dwayne Bacon withdrew his name from the draft and will return to Florida State for his sophomore season. LSU junior guard Tim Quarterman is leaving with one season of eligibility left.

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