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Latest UConn rout ties record streak

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said he'd be excited about the team's 70-game winning streak if that were where the Huskies wanted to stop.

It's not.

Tina Charles tied a career high with 34 points and Maya Moore added 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead top-ranked UConn (31-0) to a 77-41 rout of Syracuse in the Big East tournament quarterfinals Sunday.

The program tied its record for the longest winning streak in women's college basketball. Each win has been by double figures, with an average of more than 32.

Auriemma said none of that is important as the Huskies chase a 16th conference tournament title and a seventh national championship.

"Let's say we win (today) and lost Tuesday, what are the kids going to do, go to halfcourt and put their fingers up and say, 'We won 70, 71?' " Auriemma said.

UConn is in the conference semifinals for the 22nd straight season. It will face Notre Dame.

Charles hit 16 of 19 shots, a record for field goals in a Big East tournament game. Six of her baskets came on assists from Moore.

"I think that's always the game plan, to get Tina the ball as much as possible," Moore said.

NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 75, NO. 16 ST. JOHN'S 67: Skyler Diggins had 21 points to lead the fifth-seeded Irish (27-4) past the Red Storm (23-6).

NO. 7 W. VA. 47, DEPAUL 41: Liz Repella had 16 points for the second-seeded Mountaineers (27-4) in one of the lowest-scoring games in tournament history.

RUTGERS 63, NO. 12 G'TOWN 56, 2OT: Chelsey Lee had 17 points and Nikki Speed hit two big 3-pointers to lift the sixth-seeded Scarlet Knights (19-13) over the Hoyas (25-6).

Conference finals

ACC: Jasmine Thomas had 18 points and No. 9 and top-seeded Duke (27-5) captured its first conference championship since 2004 by beating North Carolina State 70-60 in Greensboro, N.C.

SEC: Shekinna Stricklen had 20 points as No. 4 and top seed Tennessee (30-2) beat No. 19 Kentucky (25-7) 70-62 in Duluth, Ga. Coach Pat Summitt then brought down the house with a postgame rendition of Rocky Top.

BIG TEN: Jantel Lavender made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left, helping No. 10 Ohio State (30-4) rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 66-64 victory over Iowa in the title game in Indianapolis.

METRO ATLANTIC: Corielle Yarde had 17 points as top-seeded Marist (26-7) beat Fairfield 66-49 to win the conference title for the fifth straight time.

SSC: Kira Harvey hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left as fifth-seeded Lynn (19-10) beat third-seeded Barry 54-52 in Fort Lauderdale. Tampa (25-4) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament as the fourth seed in the South Region and will open Friday against fifth-seeded Barry (21-9) in Russellville, Ark.

Top 25

NO. 5 XAVIER 51, CHARLOTTE 49: Tyeasha Moss had 11 of her 15 points in the second half for the Musketeers (26-3) in the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals in Upper Marlboro, Md.

NO. 11 OKLAhoma 95, NO. 20 OKLA. ST. 62: Amanda Thompson had a career-high 29 points for the host Sooners (21-9, 11-5 Big 12), who matched a school record with 16 3-pointers to rout the Cowgirls (21-9, 9-7).

NO. 18 TEXAS 70, NO. 14 BAYLOR 54: The visiting Longhorns (21-9, 10-6 Big 12) allowed two field goals in the second half. The Bears (22-8, 9-7) played without freshman Brittney Griner, suspended two games for punching Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle on Wednesday night.

NO. 17 GONZAGA 87, SANTA CLARA 47: Heather Bowman had 18 points to lead the top-seeded Bulldogs (26-4) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

NO. 23 HARTFORD 65, STONY BROOK 43: Mary Silvia came off the bench to score 17 for the top-seeded Hawks (27-3) in an America East semifinal in West Hartford, Conn.

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