Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Maryland’s Brionna Jones (42) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) during the second half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game, Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Junior forward Breana Stewart scored a team-high 25 points to lead the No. 1 seed Connecticut Huskies to an easy 81-58 win over fellow No. 1 seed Maryland in the Final Four round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on April 5 in Tampa, Fla.
Connecticut guard Kia Nurse (11) defends Maryland guard Lexie Brown (4) during the first half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game, Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Connecticut (37-1) advanced to its third straight national championship game appearance, and the 10th overall in program history.
The Huskies showed why they’re a perennial championship contender. Maryland (30-3) has been one of the most dominant teams in women’s college basketball this season, but still couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Huskies. Stewart and sophomore forward Morgan Tuck got hot in the first half and pushed Connecticut to a double-digit lead; they led 44-33 at halftime. The Lady Huskies continued to build on their lead in the second half, running away with the easy victory.
Stewart added eight rebounds and three assists to her game-high 25 points. Tuck delivered 24 points with nine rebounds. Sophomore center Brionna Jones led Maryland with 14 points in the loss, and sophomore guard Lexie Brown added 12 points.
Connecticut will face fellow No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the national title game on April 7.