Breanna Stewart had 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks to lead No. 1 UConn to an 83-57 victory over No. 24 Rutgers Sunday in The American tournament semifinals at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Huskies (33-0) will face No. 3 Louisville tonight in the final. UConn is making its 10th straight appearance in a conference tournament final.
The Cardinals (30-3) defeated South Florida 60-56. Shoni Schimmel made a go-ahead jumper in the lane with 5.9 seconds left to break a 56-56 tie.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 19 points (5-of-9 3-pointers) and three rebounds for UConn. Stefanie Dolson added 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Bria Hartley contributed 12 points, five rebounds and nine assists. She did not commit a turnover in 34 minutes. And Moriah Jefferson had 10 points, seven assists and three steals.
Briyona Canty had 16 points and three rebounds to lead Rutgers (22-9).
STAR OF THE GAME: Breanna Stewart. She had 22 points (9-of-19 FG), seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes. She has scored at least 20 points in five straight games and 18 times in 33 games this season.
KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies scored the first 13 points of the game as part of an opening 25-4 run. They started 10-of-15 from the field (4-of-4 3-pointers), while Rutgers was 2-of-10 with four turnovers. … The Huskies were 9-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half and 13-of-22 overall. … … The Huskies had 24 assists on 33 made field goals. … The Huskies held Rutgers to 38.1 percent shooting from the field.
WORTH NOTING: The Huskies are 24-2 in conference tournament semifinal games, winning the last 10 since a 73-70 loss to Boston College March 8, 2004. … The Huskies have won 39 straight games dating back to last season’s loss to Notre Dame in the Big East tournament final. It is the third longest streak in team history. … Dolson moved into 12th place all-time in team history in scoring (1,694). She is also second all-time in games started (145), three behind Renee Montgomery. … Jefferson has the second-most assists by a sophomore in team history (168). Diana Taurasi set the sophomore record with 208 in 2001-02. … The Huskies have won a series-high 13 straight games against Rutgers. … Stewart has scored in double figures in a career-high 24 straight games. … Hartley scored in double figures in a career-high 17 straight games.
UP NEXT: AAC tournament final tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena vs. No. 3 Louisville/South Florida-winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN).