Kentucky's path to its first womens Final Four appearance in school history ran into the same road block the Wildcats encountered last season: the Connecticut Huskies.
Perennial powerhouse UConn overwhelmed UK 83-53 in the Bridgeport Regional finals on Monday to reach its sixth consecutive Final Four. Breanna Stewart scored a team-high 21 points to lead five Huskies in double-figure scoring.
UConn (33-4) will advance to play either Duke or Notre Dame in the Final Four next week in New Orleans. California also advanced with a win over Georgia on Monday, setting up its national semifinal matchup with the winner of Tuesday's Louisville-Tennessee regional final.
The Wildcats saw their season end with a school-record 30-6 mark.
Kentucky held its own early in the game, leading 23-22 with 9:08 remaining in the first half. But UConn went on a 26-3 run to close the half and take an insurmountable lead into the break.
The Huskies, who shot 52 percent from the field and owned a commanding 41-33 rebounding advantage, led by as many as 36 points (77-41) with 7:41 left in the game.
A'dia Mathies scored 14 points in the final game of her illustrious UK career. Jennifer O'Neill added 13 for the Wildcats, who shot just 31 percent (19 of 62) from the field and committed 21 turnovers. It was the second-worst shooting performance of the season for UK. The other (27 percent) came in a loss to top-ranked Baylor.
UConn blocks UK's path to Final Four
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