The UConn women’s basketball boasts an abundance of weapons offensively. In the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday against eighth-seeded Vanderbilt, the top-seeded Huskies proved that they equally opportunistic at the defensive end.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had a game-high 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals and UConn scored 34 points off of 23 turnovers in a 77-44 victory before 4,483 at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies (31-4) have advanced to the regional semifinals for the 20th straight season. It is the longest active streak in the nation. Stanford, who will meet Michigan in the second round tonight, holds the nation’s second-longest active streak at five.
UConn will face fourth-seeded Maryland Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
Vanderbilt (21-12) was looking to return to the regional for the first time since 2009.
STAR OF THE GAME: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. She scored 11 of her 22 points in a span of 5:22 early in the second half and now has recorded at least 21 points in three of her seven career NCAA tournament games.
KEY TO THE WIN: The Huskies a 12-0 run late in the first half to open a 37-20 lead. Mosqueda-Lewis had seven points in the run, while Vanderbilt missed one shot and committed five straight turnovers. … The Huskies opened the second half with a 17-0 run. Vanderbilt was 0-of-11 shooting with five turnovers over the first 7:20 of the half.
WORTH NOTING: The Huskies have advanced to the regional for the 21st time in 25 NCAA tournament appearances. Only Tennessee has made more trips to the regional (31). … Mosqueda-Lewis has set the team single-season record with 108 3-pointers this season. Wendy Davis made 107 in 1991-92. … Kelly Faris made her 111th straight start, which is third all-time in team history. … Juniors Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson improved to 100-11 overall in their career. … Faris (40-2) and fifth-year seniors Caroline Doty and Heather Buck (49-2) played their final game at Gampel Pavilion.
NEXT: NCAA tournament regional semifinals Saturday vs. Maryland at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, TBA (ESPN)