The always dipolomatic Geno Auriemma always talks about how difficult it is to win a regional final. It would be hard to argue with him after tonight's "close call" with Dayton.
In tonight's Elite 8 action against the 7-seed Dayton Flyers, the Huskies needed a huge second half effort to overcome their first halftime deficit in nearly two years to grab a 91-70 win in the Albany Regional Final. No. 1 UConn (36-1) advanced to their eighth straight Final Four, their 16th overall.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points, making 7 out of 10 three-point attempts. In doing so, she broke the NCAA record for most career three-pointers made.
Breanna Stewart, MVP of the Albany Regional, and Morgan Tuck each finished with 23 points. Stewart added 16 rebounds and four blocks.
The game started at a hectic pace. Dayton was hanging with the Huskies offensively thanks to some stellar shooting. The lead changed over a dozen times as the Flyers simply would not go away. They were not intimated by UConn and stayed true to their offense. They were shooting over 50% for the half and led 44-43.
The Flyers were 20 minutes away from what would have been the greatest upset ever in the women's tournament.
However, the Huskies made adjustments after the half and Dayton's hot shooting started to cool down.
Stewart was all over the court in the second half, playing hard-nosed defense and getting loose balls. KML was hitting threes. Before you could blink, the Huskies went on a game-breaking run and ran away with it.
UConn will play on Sunday night at 9pm against the winner of Tennessee-Maryland in the national semifinals in Tampa. The Huskies will be looking for their 10th appearance in the national championship, where they are a perfect 9-0. They are gunning for their third straight national championship.