Unprecedented territory, even by their own lofty standards, awaits UConn with just one more victory.
No. 1 seed UConn is on the cusp of a record fourth straight national title after defeating No. 2 seed Oregon State 80-51 on Sunday for the largest margin of victory ever in the women’s Final Four.
Morgan Tucker had 21 points and Breanna Stewart scored 16 points as UConn won its 74th consecutive game. During the rout, Moriah Jefferson moved ahead of Diana Taurasi (648) for the most assists in school history.
It’ll be a battle of former Big East foes in Tuesday’s NCAA Women’s National Championship at 8:30 p.m. ET from Indianapolis.
A victory over Syracuse would signal UConn and coach Geno Auriemma’s 11th national title, which would lift the Huskies coach past UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden for the most of all time.
UConn is 10-0 in national title contests.
The Huskies have defeated opponents by an average of 41.6 points per game in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
No. 4 seed Syracuse earned a 80-59 victory vs. No. 7 Washington in the Final Four on Sunday to reach its first national title game. Alexis Peterson had 18 points and Brittney Sykes scored 17 points.
Syracuse’s Brianna Butler set the NCAA mark for most 3-pointers in a season during the win, passing Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell (127).
Syracuse defeated No. 1 seed South Carolina 80-72 in the Sweet 16 and No. 7 seed Tennesssee 89-67 in the Elite Eight.
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