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Final: UConn Huskies Defeat Duquense to Advance to Sweet Sixteen

Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson delivered outstanding performances in their final game on UConn's campus.

Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog

In her last game at Gampel Pavilion, Breanna Stewart made sure to be playing her best. She leads the UConn Huskies into their 23rd consecutive Sweet Sixteen with a win over the Duquesne Dukes, 97-51.

After a sloppy start from both teams, Stewart took the game over, both offensively and defensively. She grabbed 11 rebounds in the first half alone, and also had a ridiculous three blocks on one defensive possession. She finished the game with her 39th career double-double, scoring 21 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds.

Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck and Stewart did most of the heavy lifting, scoring 61 of the team's 97 points. Jefferson and Stewart finish their careers with a 35-1 record at Gampel Pavilion, and for all we know this was Morgan Tuck's final game at Gampel as well.

Jefferson broke out of her scoring slump with 20 points—the most she's had since December 14 at Temple—reaching double-figures for the fourth time in the last eight games. She also notched seven assists, passing Renee Montgomery for third on the Huskies' all-time list.

Tuck controlled the low block, scoring 20 points and hauling in nine rebounds. She also adeptly kicked it outside when the defense crowded her down low, resulting in seven assists. The junior forward was a big part of the reason the Huskies controlled the paint, where they outscored Duquesne 50-18. UConn also out-rebounded the Dukes 51-31.

The Huskies earn their 71st straight win, which is now the second-longest streak in NCAA history, second only to the Huskies' own streak of 90. They advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where they will play Mississippi State on Saturday in Bridgeport.