UConn Women Win Kingston Regional, Advancing to the Final Four

Hayes leads UConn women back to Final Four

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer
      KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) – Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and
top-seed Connecticut beat Kentucky 80-65 on Tuesday night to
advance to the Final Four for the fifth straight season.

      Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for UConn (33-4), which will
play the winner of Notre Dame and Maryland on Sunday in Denver. The
Huskies matched their own school mark of five straight trips to the
national semifinals. LSU and Stanford have also accomplished the
feat.

      Unlike their previous four trips to the regional finals, which
were quick blowouts, the Huskies had to work hard to pull away from
the Wildcats.

      UConn led 48-47 early in the second half before turning up its
defense. The Huskies used a 21-4 run to take command. Hayes, the
lone senior on the team, was the catalyst, scoring seven points
during the surge. She was selected most outstanding player of the
regional.

      Kentucky (28-7) could get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

     
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