03/10 19:56 CDT UConn women rout Louisville 72-52 to win AAC title
UConn women rout Louisville 72-52 to win AAC title
AP Basketball Writer
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) --- Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked
Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural
American Athletic Conference tournament.
With the victory, UConn (34-0) became the 14th team to enter the NCAA
tournament without a loss. It's the sixth time that the Huskies have
accomplished that feat. They've gone on to win the national championship four
of those years.
UConn got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game.
Louisville trailed 28-20 with 6 minutes left in the first half before Stewart
Her three-point play started a 12-2 run to close the half. Stewart, the
tournament's MVP, had seven points during the burst as UConn led 40-22 at the
Louisville (30-4) scored the first five points in second half, but could get no
closer because of Stewart and the Huskies.
Bria Hartley added 16 points and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 16 rebounds
for the Huskies, who have won 40 straight games --- the third-longest streak in
Shoni Schimmel led Louisville with 20 points, but was 7 for 25 from the field.
She had little help as no other Cardinals player reached double figures.
It's the 19th conference tournament championship for the Huskies, who won their
first 18 while a member of the Big East Conference.
Once again, Louisville had no answer for the Huskies, losing for the third time
this season and the 16th straight time overall. The Cardinals have only beaten
the Huskies once and that was in the first meeting between the schools back in
Coach Jeff Walz hopes that he doesn't have to see UConn again until potentially
the Final Four. The Cardinals are hosting a regional in the NCAA tournament and
there is a chance that UConn could be sent down there as a one seed.
The teams likely won't face off in conference action anymore, with Louisville
heading to the ACC next season. Both sides hope to keep the series alive though.
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