For a hot second, it looked like Rutgers might be able to compete with UConn, trailing by only five about halfway through the first half. But even without Breanna Stewart for most of that half, UConn built a 20-point lead at the break. The Huskies would go on to win 91-55 on Geno Auriemma's 61st birthday.
The Huskies were led by senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who made the most of her final game at Gampel Pavilion. She finished with 23 points and sits just six three-pointers away from the NCAA career record.
Three other Huskies hit double-digits. The explosive Moriah Jefferson was scoring at will, finishing 8-11 from the field for 19 points to go with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Sophomore forward Morgan Tuck went 7-11 from the field for 16 points, along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. UConn dominated the rebounding battle, 53-29, partly thanks to a 10-rebound effort from Gabby Williams, who added 11 points.
Things did not go very well at any point for Rutgers (obviously), but it didn't help that they were missing the Big 10 defensive player of the year in senior guard Syessence Davis. To make matters worse, starting guard Briyona Canty went down early in the second half with an apparent knee injury and had to be helped off the court. She would not return to the game.
UConn advances to their 22nd straight Sweet 16, a streak which goes back to 1994, where they will face No. 5 Texas in Albany, New York on Saturday.