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No. 1-seed UConn women use 17-0 run to roll over 8-seed Vanderbilt

Mar 25, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

Breanna Stewart, Tiffany Clarke, Jasmine Jenkins AP

The UConn women picked right up after their blowout first round win over Idaho by dispatching of Vanderbilt 77-44 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.

The Huskies never trailed, and pushed their 37-24 halftime lead thanks to a 17-0 run to open the second half. UConn held the Commodores without point for the first 7:16 of the half. Vanderbilt finally ended the drought on a  three-pointer by Jasmine Jenkins with 12:44 left in the game.

With the win, UConn reaches the Sweet 16 for the 20th straight season, shooting 54.2-percent in the process, holding the ‘Dores to 37.8-percent shooting.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, pacing four players who finished in double-figures for UConn. Moriah Jefferson scored 11 off the bench for the Huskies.

Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt with 16 points.

Another night at the office for Auriemma and UConn. He’s proven to be one of the best coaches in any sport in college and, while it’s not the Vanderbilt we’re used to seeing, the 17-0 run to begin the second half was impressive.

The Lady Huskies play Maryland in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

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