UConn rallies to top Hoyas in women's NCAA


PHILADELPHIA -- Georgetown knows all about Maya Moore and Connecticut's rich postseason history, and the Hoyas were determined to rock the bracket with a big upset in the women's NCAA Tournament.

Backed into a corner, Moore got some help from fellow senior Lorin Dixon, and the Huskies responded.

Moore had 23 points and 14 rebounds, leading No. 1 seed Connecticut to a 68-63 victory after the fifth-seeded Hoyas led by seven in the second half of their Philadelphia Region semifinal Sunday.

"Me and Maya decided we didn't want our careers to end here today," Dixon said.

While Moore put up the numbers, Dixon was the catalyst for the game-changing run.

Connecticut trailed 53-46 with 9:36 left, but responded with a 16-2 spurt sparked by the 5-foot-4-inch guard.

"Today was a great reflection of what she's been doing for the last month, every single day," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Dixon, who finished with four points, four assists and four steals.

Hartley added 17 points for UConn (35-1), which is now three victories away from a third straight national championship that would match the school's run from 2002-04 and Tennessee's from 1996-98.

UConn will have to beat Duke in the championship game Tuesday to advance to the Final Four for the fourth straight year. The Huskies routed the Blue Devils 87-51 on Jan. 31.

This was the third meeting between the two Big East teams in the past 30 days. UConn won the first two games by double digits, but Georgetown was able to remain reasonably close in those games by forcing the Huskies into a combined 47 turnovers with its relentless pressure.

The Hoyas (24-11) showed no fear from the start on Sunday, giving the Huskies all they could handle. Monica McNutt led Georgetown with 17 points.

■ Duke 70, DePaul 63 -- At Philadelphia, Karima Christmas had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points to help the second-seeded Blue Devils beat the third-seeded Blue Demons and reach the regional final for a second straight year.

Chelsea Gray scored 16 points for Duke (32-3), which raced to a 15-point lead and had to hold on after the big advantage nearly evaporated late in the second half.

Deirde Naughton scored 17 points for DePaul (29-7).

DALLAS REGION

■ Baylor 86, Wisconsin-Green Bay 76 -- At Dallas, Brittney Griner scored 40 points and combined with Odyssey Sims in the game-clinching run as the top-seeded Bears reached the regional final by beating the fifth-seeded Phoenix.

The Lady Bears (34-2) led 52-49 before Griner made a short baseline shot over two defenders with 13 minutes left to start a 14-0 run. Sims then hit consecutive 3-pointers and ended the spurt with a steal and breakaway layup.

Griner also had 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Kayla Tetschlag had 27 points for Green Bay (34-2), which had won 25 games in a row.

Next up for Baylor will be Texas A&M, which lost three times to the Lady Bears in Big 12 play this year.

■ Texas A&M 79, Georgia 38 -- At Dallas, Danielle Adams had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the second-seeded Aggies built a 31-point halftime lead in rolling past the sixth-seeded Bulldogs.

Texas A&M (30-5) led 13-0 and was up 27-2 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half. The Aggies stifled the Lady Bulldogs (23-11) into a 1-for-14 start from the field.

 

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