Rout to Fi­nal Four

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - NCAA WOMEN -

Con­necti­cut con­tin­ues down a fa­mil­iar path with a 90-50 dis­man­tling of Florida State in the Day­ton re­gional fi­nal.

The Con­necti­cut Huskies swear they’re not per­fect. Their past 76 op­po­nents might dis­agree.

Maya Moore scored 22 points in lead­ing the Huskies past Florida State 90-50 on Tues­day night, send­ing the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons back to the Fi­nal Four and stretch­ing their un­prece­dented win streak to 76 games.

“It’s the time of the year when you want to play your best,” said Moore, se­lected as the re­gional’s most out­stand- ing player. “We’re on a roll right now. We’re con­fi­dent. That’s what you guys are see­ing. We still have some things we need to im­prove. We’re not per­fect.”

Re­ally? Good luck to any op­po­nent if they ever are.

Tina Charles con­trolled the paint with 20 points and 14 re­bounds for the Huskies, 37-0, who ad­vance to their eighth Fi­nal Four since 2000 where they will meet Bay­lor in the semi­fi­nals Sun­day night.

The 40-point victory was the largest mar­gin ever in a re­gional fi­nal.

“Boy, they make you play ugly,” Florida State coach Sue Sem­rau said, shak­ing her head. “We missed a ton of shots but that’s be­cause they did such a great job in ev­ery area.”

Jac­inta Mon­roe had 15 points for the Semi­noles, 29-6, who set a school record for vic­to­ries while go­ing deeper in the NCAA Tour­na­ment than any FSU team be­fore.

The Huskies are dom­i­nat­ing un­like any team ever. No team has come within 12 points of them all sea­son. They have won their first four games of the 2010 NCAA Tour­na­ment by a record 188 points — a mar­gin of 47 points a game.

Coach Geno Auriemma was hum­bled by the lat­est bit of mas­tery.

“We get on this run and ... I don’t know how to ex­plain it,” he said, sigh­ing heav­ily. “We’re good, though.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

UConn’s Meghan Gardler (left) cel­e­brated the 90-50 win against Florida State with Tina Charles.

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