Wednesday, March 30, 2011

UConn Women Eliminate Duke

Maya Moore (AP Photo/Barbara Johnston)
All-American Maya Moore scored 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seeded UConn to a 75-40 win against Duke on Tuesday night.

Now Moore is headed to the Final Four with a chance to pad perhaps the most impressive resume in the history of women’s college basketball with yet another championship.

With two more victories, the Huskies will match the record for consecutive NCAA titles set by Tennessee (1996-98) and equaled by UConn (2002-04).

Once again rural Storrs, Conn., is the center of the college basketball world as both the men’s and women’s teams are in the Final Four. It’s the third time in the past seven years that both programs have advanced this far with 2004 culminating in dual titles.

Earlier in the day, Moore became only the second four-time AP All-American. She was an unanimous choice for the third straight year.

On Tuesday night, she became the first D-I player to reach 3,000 points since Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles in 2001.

Moore, who earned outstanding player of the regional honors, fell a bit short of achieving the school’s first triple-double since Laura Lishness had one in the Big East tournament title game in 1989. Moore finished with 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Now the Huskies (36-1) are back in the Final Four for the fourth straight season and the 12th time in the past 17 years.

The Blue Devils (32-4) faced questions leading up to the game on what they’d do differently than they did in a 36-point blowout loss to UConn on Jan. 31. In that game, the Huskies delivered an early knockout blow, scoring 23 of the first 25 points.

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