One way to be able to beat the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team is to believe that you can beat them.
The BYU Cougars believed they could advance to Elite Eight over UConn. And for 20 minutes, it looked like they could possibly do just that.
After playing what may have been their worst first half all season, the UConn women recovered and took control in the second half on their way to a 70-51 win over BYU at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE to advance to the Elite Eight on Monday night.
UConn improves to 37-0 while BYU ends their season at 28-7.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Despite scoring just four points in the first half, Breanna Stewart finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
Bria Hartley added 12 points and five assists while Moriah Jefferson had 11 points. Stefanie Dolson narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds. She also had four blocked shots.
Kim Beeston led the upset-minded Cougars with 16 points while Morgan Bailey had 14 points and seven rebounds. 6’7″ Jennifer Hamson added nine points and 13 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots (two above her NCAA-leading average).
Next up for UConn is matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies on Monday night for the right to go to the Final Four in Nashville. Tip is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Here are UConn’s postgame notes.
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