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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:00 pm

Motivated UConn easily rolls to 109th straight win

Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut’s Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday night’s second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game.

She used that as motivation.

The junior guard scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over the Orange.

The boasting "allows you to play with a bit of a chip on your shoulder," she said. "For us, we like to prove it with the way that we play."

Nurse hit 10 of her 13 shots as the Huskies won for the 109th straight time and 26th straight in the NCAA Tournament. That streak includes last April’s 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.

Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 23 points and Napheesa Collier chipped in with 17 for UConn (34-0), which led by as many as 36 points.

Alexis Peterson had 25 points to lead Syracuse, which finished its season at 22-11. Backcourt mate Brittney Sykes added 15 and Briana Day had 13 for the Orange.

OREGON 74, DUKE 65: In Durham, North Carolina, Ruthy Hebard had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Ducks earned their first Sweet 16 berth.

Maite Cazorla added 17 points and Lexi Bando finished with 14 points to help Oregon (22-13) become the first No. 10 seed in a decade to reach the round of 16. 

STANFORD 69, KANSAS STATE 48: In Manhattan, Kansas, Brittany McPhee had 21 points, Alanna Smith added 19 as the Cardinal advanced to the its 10th straight Sweet 16.

Stanford (30-5), the No. 2 seed, roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and never looked back in advancing.

LOUISVILLE 75, TENNESSEE 64: In Louisville, Kentucky, Asia Durr scored 23 points, and Mariya Moore made all five 3-pointers for 19 points to lift the Cardinals.

Moore scored the Cardinals’ first eight points of the fourth quarter for a 54-47 lead before Durr followed with seven of their next eight points to make it 62-51 with 4:07 remaining.

BAYLOR 86, CALIFORNIA 46: In Waco, Texas, Alexis Prince and Nina Davis each scored 16 points as the Bears reached the Sweet 16 for the ninth year in a row.

WASHINGTON 108, OKLAHOMA 82: In Seattle, Kelsey Plum scored 38 points to lead the Huskies (29-5) to the Sweet 16 for a second year in row.

QUINNIPIAC 85, MIAMI 78: In Coral Gables, Florida, Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, and Aryn McClure added 15 to lead the 12th-seeded Bobcats (29-6).