The top-seeded Huskies and fourth-seeded Maryland will collide for the second time this season in the NCAA Bridgeport regional semifinals Saturday at sold-out Webster Bank Arena. UConn earned a physical 63-48 victory Dec. 3 in the Jimmy V Classic before 11,645 at the XL Center.
Stefanie Dolson had 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks and Breanna Stewart had 13 points (4-of-12 FG) and six rebounds to lead UConn. Brianna Banks added 11 points (3-of-4 3-pointers), while Kelly Faris had eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high eight steals.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis did not play in the second half due to a left quad contusion. She totaled seven points (3-of-7 FG) in 13 minutes.
The Huskies went scoreless for a stretch of 5:33 in the first half as Maryland closed to within 17-15 with 6:02 left. But Stewart answered with seven straight points and Mosqueda-Lewis followed with a 3-pointer to key a 16-5 run to end the half.
Maryland closed within 40-33 with 12:59 left in the game. But Banks answered with a 3-pointer and Bria Hartley had a three-point play to key an 8-0 run by UConn.
The Huskies, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, forced 26 turnovers and outscored the Terrapins 32-16 in the paint.
Tianna Hawkins had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland. Junior All-American Alyssa Thomas finished with six points (2-of-12 FG), seven rebounds, four assists and eight turnovers.