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Connecticut Makes Women’s NCAA Final Four for 6th Straight Year

April 02, 2013

Connecticut Makes Women’s NCAA Final Four for 6th Straight Year

University of Connecticut players pose for a photo after they defeated the University of Kentucky in the NCAA women's regional finals in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photographer: Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images

The University of Connecticut cruised into the Final Four of the national women’s college basketball tournament for a record sixth consecutive season with an 83-53 rout of Kentucky.

Breanna Stewart scored 21 points last night in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to lead UConn, which improved to 33-4 and will face Notre Dame or Duke in the national semifinals on April 7 in New Orleans. Notre Dame is a fellow No. 1 regional seed and beat the Huskies at the Final Four the past two years.

The University of California also reached the Final Four with a 65-62 overtime victory against Georgia last night in Spokane, Washington. California was the No. 2 seed in the Spokane regional behind Stanford, which lost to fourth-seeded Georgia in the regional semifinals.

Notre Dame and Duke meet tonight in the Norfolk, Virginia, regional for a trip to the Final Four. Also tonight is the Oklahoma City regional final between No. 2 Tennessee and No. 5 Louisville, which knocked top overall seed and defending champion Baylor out of the tournament two days ago.

Connecticut previously reached the Final Four of the women’s tournament five straight times from 2000-04, as did Louisiana State (2004-08) and Stanford (2008-12).

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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