This team simply cannot be stopped. Once again, the events of the second half were rendered meaningless as UConn took a 52-24 lead into the break and never looked back, finishing with a 105-54 win to give Geno Auriemma his 100th career NCAA Tournament win.
The Huskies advance to their 10th straight Elite 8, 20th overall.
As they made waste of the American Athletic Conference schedule, most were quick to dismiss the lopsided results as the outcome of a particularly weak schedule. But after watching UConn comfortably handle supposedly better teams in the same way during the NCAA Tournament, it's clear that this team is as good as any of the other legendary UConn teams which preceded them, even if they did lose a regular season game. The horror!
Playing just a short drive away from her hometown, Breanna Stewart absolutely lit it up. She was 11-of-16 from the field, finishing with a season-high 31 points, also setting her NCAA Tournament career-high. Stewart also added 12 rebounds and 7 assists, all despite sitting out the last 9+ minutes of the second half.
All five Husky starters scored in double figures, with Stewart's 31 and Moriah Jefferson's 25 being enough to outscore Texas on their own. Jefferson finished 10-of-12 from the field, adding 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Morgan Tuck put up 14 points while grabbing 5 rebounds. Freshman guard Kia Nurse scored 13.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had a relatively modest 10-point outing, hitting 2-of-7 three-pointers. She now sits 5 away from breaking the NCAA career record for threes made.
UConn will play the winner of 3-seed Louisville vs. 7-seed Dayton in the Elite 8.