Mar 27, 2012, 10:12 PM EST
So much for a “down year” for the Connecticut women’s team. The Huskies are headed to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive season after beating Kentucky 80-65 in the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night.
Not that it was easy.
UConn (33-4) led by one point early in the second half before putting together a 21-4 run to win going away, with the help of 12 made free throws during that crucial stretch. Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for the Huskies, who tied the school record with five straight trips to the final weekend.
It’s the 13th Final Four appearance for the Huskies, all since 1991. They’ve also won seven tournament title since then.
Kentucky (28-7) was led by Samarie Walker’s 14 points.
UConn will play the Notre Dame on Sunday in Denver.
You also can follow me on Twitter @MikeMillerNBC.
- Turnovers, rebounding woes plague No. 3 Kentucky again 0
- CBT Weekly Roundtable: Figuring out the ACC 0
- Weekend Preview: Kentucky-Baylor, a trio of in-state rivalry games 4
- No. 1 Michigan State’s loss to North Carolina: Injuries, or sign of a bigger issue? 5
- North Carolina shows up ready to compete, knocks off No. 1 Michigan State 2
- Marshall Henderson’s on-court antics aren’t changing. Deal with it (5)
- No. 1 Michigan State’s loss to North Carolina: Injuries, or sign of a bigger issue? (5)
- Weekend Preview: Kentucky-Baylor, a trio of in-state rivalry games (4)
- Report: Delta bumps entire flight to get Florida to UConn (3)
- College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings (2)