Connecticut blitzes Ducks for win No. 111 in a row
Powerful Connecticut, on track for its third undefeated season in the past four years, was too much for Oregon in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Monday, eliminating the Ducks from the NCAA Women's Tournament, 90-52.
The Huskies (36-0) moved into the Final Four for the 10th year in a row, while 10th seed Oregon ended its season at 23-14.
The Ducks made it to the tournament for the first time since 2005, and got to the Elite Eight for the first time ever.
But UConn's hot first-half shooting and aggressive defense snuffed out any upset hopes by the end of a 28-13 first quarter that included a 17-0 run.
Connecticut, which has won 111 consecutive games, scored 28 points off 17 first-half UO turnovers to lead 49-24 at the break.
Last year, on a neutral floor in Indianapolis, UConn buried Oregon State 80-51 in the Final Four.
The Huskies were in even better form on Monday before their home-state crowd. They sank their first 3 of 4 from 3-point range and hit consistently from midrange and, armed with the lead, comfortably overplayed the passing and entry lanes on defense to disrupt a Ducks team starting three freshmen.
After three quarters, UConn was shooting 56 percent from the field and leading 72-43.
Connecticut finished at 55.4 percent. The Ducks shot 42.3 percent.
For Oregon, freshman point guard Sabrina Ionescu had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and freshman post had 12 points and two rebounds.
UConn will play a No. 2 seed, Mississippi State, in Friday's national semifinals at Dallas.
The other semi will pit Stanford against South Carolina, which defeated Florida State 71-64.