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WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

Roundup: UConn breezes to Sweet 16 again

UConn’s Breanna Stewart is hacked by Vandy’s Tiffany Clarke (left) and Jasmine Jenkins en route to a 14-point outing.

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UConn’s Breanna Stewart is hacked by Vandy’s Tiffany Clarke (left) and Jasmine Jenkins en route to a 14-point outing.

Connecticut has had its share of streaks, including a memorable 90 wins in a row between 2008 and 2010.

The Huskies added to another impressive run Monday night, advancing to the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season with a 77-44 win over Vanderbilt in the Bridgeport Regional in Storrs, Conn.

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‘‘The consistency of our program, day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out is something that we can take great pride in,’’ said coach Geno Auriemma. ‘‘I don’t know who else has done it 20 years in a row, but it’s really hard to do. Sometimes we make it look easy, but it’s really hard to do.’’

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the way with 22 points for UConn, which faces Maryland on Saturday. Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (31-4), who are seeking their sixth straight trip to the Final Four and eighth national championship.

Tiffany Clarke had 16 points for Vanderbilt (21-12), which dropped three of its last six games.

Mosqueda-Lewis capped the big second-half run with a shot from behind the arc that made it 54-24. The basket also gave her the school record for 3-pointers in a season, surpassing Wendy Davis’s 107 in 1991-92.

Connecticut, a top seed for the seventh straight season, has won 30 games for an NCAA-record eighth straight time. The Huskies improved to 21-2 in second-round games and have not missed a regional semifinal since losing to Louisville in the first round of the 1993 tournament.

Maryland 74, Michigan State 49 — Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and the host Terrapins (26-7) beat the Spartans to advance to the Sweet 16 for a second straight year.

Annalise Pickrel and Becca Mills each scored 12 for No. 5 seed Michigan State (25-9).

Okla. City Regional

Tennessee 68, Creighton 52 — Kamiko Williams scored 15 points and the Lady Vols pulled away in the second half to beat the Bluejays in Knoxville, Tenn.

No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7), which improved to 52-0 in NCAA Tournament games on its home floor, will play Oklahoma on Sunday. Alexis Akin-Otiko scored 12 points for Creighton (25-8).

Oklahoma 85, UCLA 72 — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Joanna McFarland added 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Sooners (24-10) over the Bruins (26-8) in Columbus, Ohio.

Norfolk Regional

Kansas 75, South Carolina 69 — Monica Engelman scored a career-high 27 points and the Jayhawks (20-13) became just the second No. 12 seed to advance to the round of 16 with an upset of the fourth-seeded Gamecocks (25-8) in Boulder, Colo.

Nebraska 74, Texas A&M 63 — Jordan Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and 10 assists to help the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (25-8) upset the No. 3-seeded Aggies (25-10) in College Station, Texas.

Spokane Regional

Georgia 65, Iowa State 60 — Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and the No. 4 seed Lady Bulldogs (27-6) held off the Cyclones (24-9) in Spokane, Wash.

California 82, South Florida 78 — Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to help the Bears (30-2) get past the Bulls (22-11) in Lubbock, Texas.

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