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USF women face UConn in semifinals of conference tournament

The Bulls are hoping for a better outcome than Monday’s 80-39 thrashing by the Huskies.
UConn's Crystal Dangerfield, right, pressures USF's Elena Tsineke in the first half of March 2 game in Hartford, Conn. The teams meet again Sunday in the conference semifinals. [JESSICA HILL  |  AP]
UConn's Crystal Dangerfield, right, pressures USF's Elena Tsineke in the first half of March 2 game in Hartford, Conn. The teams meet again Sunday in the conference semifinals. [JESSICA HILL | AP]

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Crystal Dangerfield scored 22 points to lead six UConn players in double figures and the Huskies began their run at a seventh consecutive American Athletic Conference Tournament title with a 94-61 rout of Temple in the quarterfinals.

The Huskies face fourth-seeded USF — a 64-50 winner over fifth-seeded Tulane — in the semifinals Sunday. The teams met Monday in the regular-season finale, a game won by UConn 80-39.

Sophomore Sydni Harvey scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulls (19-12), who have beaten Tulane 15 straight times. Freshman Elena Tsineke added 14 points for USF, which has now advanced to the conference semifinals seven seasons in a row.

For UConn, meanwhile, freshman Aubrey Griffin put up the second double double of her career, grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds to go with her 15 points off the bench for No. 5 UConn. Megan Walker (17 points), Anna Makurat (14), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (12) and Christyn Williams (12) all contributed to the balanced scoring attack for the top-seeded Huskies (27-3).

UConn shot 46 percent from the floor, despite making just five of their 16 shots in the first quarter. They hit 14 of their 26 shots from 3-point range.

The Huskies are now 19-0 in AAC tournament play after finishing 118-0 during the conference’s seven regular seasons. UConn is leaving the conference after this postseason to return to the Big East.

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