Monday, November 20, 2017
Sports

UConn breezes, stands one win from record 11th championship for Geno Auriemma

RECOMMENDED READING


INDIANAPOLIS — Breanna Stewart said she wanted to win four titles in her remarkable time at Connecticut.

Now, after a record rout, the Huskies are one victory from a fourth consecutive national championship, never accomplished in women's basketball.

Morgan Tuck had 21 points and Stewart added 16 to help UConn beat Oregon State 80-51 Sunday night in the women's Final Four.

"I think it sunk in when we were going back to the locker room all excited," Stewart said. "One game left, and we're exactly in the position we want to be in. Now it's practice (today). National championship game Tuesday."

If UConn beats former Big East rival Syracuse, coach Geno Auriemma will have an 11th championship, passing vaunted UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most in college basketball.

Syracuse, a No. 4 seed, defeated No. 7 seed Washington 80-59 in the other semifinal.

"I don't know what I can do to help them except keep reminding them all the time, 'This is your spot, you've owned this spot for the last three years,' " Auriemma said.

The Huskies (37-0) set a record for the biggest margin of victory in a women's Final Four, surpassing the 28-point win by Tennessee over Arkansas in 1998. It was UConn's 74th consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NCAA and school history.

Stewart, the three-time AP player of the year, picked up two quick fouls and didn't score until a turnaround jumper with 3 minutes left in the half. That came in the middle of a 15-2 run.

She quashed any thoughts of an Oregon State rally with 14 points in the second half.

Oregon State (32-5), a No. 2 seed, ended a season in which the Beavers won their first Pac-12 tournament title and reached the Final Four for the first time.

"Hats off to UConn. They played a phenomenal game tonight," coach Scott Rueck said.

UConn freshman Katie Lou Samuelson broke the third metatarsal bone in her left foot in the first half. She returned to the bench early in the third quarter wearing a boot.

Sydney Wiese scored 13 to lead Oregon State, which had as many turnovers as baskets (18).

Comments

Florida A&M football coach Alex Wood resigns

TALLAHASSEE — Alex Wood resigned as Florida A&M football coach Monday, two days after the Rattlers completed their season. Athletic director Milton Overton Jr. said offensive line coach Edwin Pata, a former FSU tight end, will serve as interim coach....
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays went right up to Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline in deciding to add seven players to the 40-man roster, and that a couple they left off seem to be potential Rule 5 draft losses, was apparently a good thing."There’s always some...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Doug Martin’s not at fault for struggling running game

TAMPA — RB Doug Martin had just 38 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins, but coach Dirk Koetter said his team’s struggles running the ball shouldn’t go squarely on his running back."In my opinion, he is not the reason we’re not mo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shots Nick Ferrini, MitchellOn Monday, Ferrini embarked on a five-day cruise with 30 family members. "Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, you name it," he said. Destinations during the trip include Key West, The Bahamas and a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
UF has little to say after meeting with Kelly

UF has little to say after meeting with Kelly

GAINESVILLE — At last, there’s some actual smoke to the Chip Kelly-Florida rumors.The Gators sent a group — including president Kent Fuchs and athletic director Scott Stricklin — to New Hampshire on Sunday to talk with the former Oregon coach about U...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Reeling Broncos fire offensive coordinator

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. Klint Kubiak will take over as QBs coach while Musgrave calls plays for the final six weeks of a soured season tha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports in brief

Sports in brief

OBITUARYnovotna, known for endearing embrace, dies at 49PRAGUE — Jana Novotna, a tennis Hall of Famer who sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in a Wimbledon final, died Sunday at the age of 49. Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cavs roll over Pistons, close in on Central lead

Cavs roll over Pistons, close in on Central lead

DETROIT — LeBron James scored 16 of his 18 in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting perf...
Updated: 1 hour ago
How did UCF go from 0-12 to unbeaten? Coaching and chemistry

How did UCF go from 0-12 to unbeaten? Coaching and chemistry

ORLANDO — The marvel of Space Mountain dissipated decades ago. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Universal, while a nifty defiance of gravity, has its ups and downs. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Please. To many locals, Orlando’s most dizzying experience — ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning impressed with improved offense from defensemen

Lightning impressed with improved offense from defensemen

BRANDON — At one point during Saturday’s game against the Islanders, the Lightning was first in the NHL in points and second in points scored by its defensemen. That’s one reason the team is off to the best start in franchise history.It’s also by des...
Updated: 1 hour ago