UConn, Okla. in Final Four

They advance, join Stanford, Louisville

Ncaa Women

April 01, 2009|By From Sun news services

The Connecticut express is headed to St. Louis for the Final Four, a trip the Huskies have seemed destined to make all season.

Maya Moore scored 25 points and undefeated and No. 1 seed UConn beat No. 6 seed Arizona State, 83-64, on Tuesday night in Trenton, N.J., to advance to the national semifinals for the second straight season and ninth time in 14 years.

Renee Montgomery added 22 points for the Huskies (37-0), who will face Stanford on Sunday in a rematch of a national semifinal from last season. The Cardinal won that game before losing in the championship game to Tennessee.

"I said last year we'd be back," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "We are going back. It's ironic that we're playing the same team. We're pretty excited right now. It's good. It's all good."

UConn hasn't lost since falling to Stanford and is two wins away from the program's third perfect season.

The Huskies have entered the NCAAs unbeaten three other times. Connecticut went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1997, the Huskies lost to Tennessee in a regional final.

Danielle Orsillo scored 18 points to lead Arizona State (26-9), which played the Huskies as competitively as just about any other opponent this season.

Moore broke UConn's single-season scoring record on a step-back three-pointer late in the first half. The sensational sophomore passed Kara Wolters' record of 694 points set in 1995-96.

Oklahoma 74, Purdue 68: : Courtney Paris led the way with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the top-seeded Sooners (32-4) surged ahead in the second half to beat the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (25-11) in Oklahoma City and earn the second trip to the Final Four in school history.

Oklahoma will face Louisville, led by Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) and an upset winner over No. 1 seed Maryland, in the national semifinals Sunday.

Danielle Robinson scored 23 points for Oklahoma, which made it to the Final Four for the first time since losing to Connecticut in the 2002 championship game.

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