UConn wins Greensboro Regional, Advances to Final Four

From the Associated Press and Staff Reports

UConn is headed back to the biggest stage in women’s college basketball, thanks to Maya Moore’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 3 minutes left that propelled the top-seeded Huskies past No. 2-seeded Rutgers 66-56 on Tuesday night in the Greensboro Regional championship played at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Renee Montgomery and Ketia Swanier each scored 15 points to lead the Huskies (36-1), who rallied from a 14-point deficit against their Big East rivals to win their 15th straight game and reach their ninth Final Four — but first since winning the 2004 national championship.

With the game tied at 49-all, Moore ran off of Tina Charles’ screen on Essence Carson at the top of the key, pulled up and swished the 3 that put UConn ahead to stay with 2:55 left.

The Huskies then were perfect on 14 free-throws in the final 2-plus minutes to end their three-year Final Four hiatus.

Matee Ajavon scored 18 points to lead Rutgers (27-7), the defending Greensboro Regional champion which was denied its second consecutive Final Four berth.

Rutgers raced out to a huge, early lead when Epiphanny Prince’s free throws with about 8 minutes left capped the 17-5 run that made it 25-11, but the Scarlet Knights largely did it with their trademark tough defense. The Huskies made it a game again, erasing that deficit with a 19-5 run that bridged halftime. They outscored Rutgers 12-3 during the final 4½ minutes of the half to pull to 32-27 at the break — their season-low for scoring in a first half.

UConn will now face Stanford on April 6th at the Final Four in Tampa.