Connecticut Reaches Seventh Straight Women’s NCAA Regional Final

The University of Connecticut advanced to the final eight of college basketball’s national women’s tournament for the seventh straight year, while the University of Maryland ousted defending champion Texas A&M.

Connecticut beat Penn State 77-59 yesterday in Kingston, Rhode Island, to advance to tomorrow’s regional final against the University of Kentucky, which defeated Gonzaga 79-62.

Bria Hartley scored 20 points, Kelly Faris added 15 and UConn’s defense contained a Penn State team that had averaged 87.5 points in its first two tournament games. The Huskies improved to 32-4 on the season.

Maryland rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Texas A&M 81-74 in the Raleigh, North Carolina, regional. Laurin Mincy and Alyssa Thomas each scored 21 points for the Terrapins (31-4), who will face top-seeded Notre Dame (33-3) tomorrow for a trip to the Final Four.

Notre Dame routed St. Bonaventure 79-35 yesterday.

Top-seeded Baylor University (37-0) plays No. 2 Tennessee (27-8) tonight in the regional final in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stanford University (34-1), the top seed in the Fresno, California, regional, faces No. 2 Duke (27-7) in tonight’s other game for a spot in the Final Four.

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