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