KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and
top-seed Connecticut beat Kentucky 80-65 on Tuesday night to
advance to the Final Four for the fifth straight season.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for UConn (33-4), which will
play the winner of Notre Dame and Maryland on Sunday in Denver. The Huskies matched their own school mark of five straight trips to the national semifinals. LSU and Stanford have also accomplished the feat.
Unlike their previous four trips to the regional finals, which
were quick blowouts, the Huskies had to work hard to pull away from
UConn led 48-47 early in the second half before turning up its
defense. The Huskies used a 21-4 run to take command. Hayes, the
lone senior on the team, was the catalyst, scoring seven points
during the surge. She was selected most outstanding player of the
Kentucky (28-7) could get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.