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UConn women run past Maryland, 76-50

  • Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, lines up a shot against Maryland guard Katie Rutan (40) during the second half of a women's NCAA college basketball regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013.  Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 points as Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, lines up a shot against Maryland guard Katie Rutan (40) during the second half of a women's NCAA college basketball regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 points as Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson pivots to the basket against Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson pivots to the basket against Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas, center, threads between Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck, left, and forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas, center, threads between Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck, left, and forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Connecticut guard Kelly Faris (34) shoots against Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn, right, during the first half of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut guard Kelly Faris (34) shoots against Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn, right, during the first half of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Maryland head coach Brenda Frese, right, embraces forward Tianna Hawkins during the closing minutes of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game against Connecticut in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Maryland head coach Brenda Frese, right, embraces forward Tianna Hawkins during the closing minutes of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game against Connecticut in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

    Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

  • Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, lines up a shot against Maryland guard Katie Rutan (40) during the second half of a women's NCAA college basketball regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013.  Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 points as Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson pivots to the basket against Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins during the second half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas, center, threads between Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck, left, and forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, right, during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Connecticut guard Kelly Faris (34) shoots against Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn, right, during the first half of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  • Maryland head coach Brenda Frese, right, embraces forward Tianna Hawkins during the closing minutes of a women's NCAA college regional semifinal basketball game against Connecticut in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. Connecticut won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.
  • Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, right, tries to block a shot by Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn (13) during the first half of an NCAA women's college regional semifinal basketball game in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 30, 2013. At bottom right is Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Connecticut’s youngest players have the Huskies back in an old and familiar spot.

Freshmen Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck combined for 35 points as UConn (32-4) advanced to its eighth straight regional final with a 76-50 blowout over Maryland yesterday.

“I think we were 16-for-28 from the floor, our freshmen,” UConn Coach Geno Auriemma said. “One turnover between the three of them. I thought they were the key to the game today for sure.”

Stewart and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each had 17 points to lead the Huskies. Stewart also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

Jefferson made several key defensive stops and her two fast-break layups capped a 9-0 run to start the second half, giving UConn a 44-26 lead and control of the game.

Her layup midway through the half stretched the lead to 60-38. She finished with 10 points and Tuck had eight as the Huskies bench outscored Maryland’s 25-0.

Two-time ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas, who had scored 29 and 28 points in the team’s first two tournament games, was held to 13 for Maryland, which finished its season at 26-8. Tianna Hawkins and Chloe Pavlech each had 11 points for the Terps.

Maryland trailed 35-26 at the half and went scoreless for the first three minutes after intermission, allowing UConn to blow the game open.

“I thought we’d come out of the locker room with a lot more energy,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “They came with a knockout punch in the second half.”

The Huskies will play Kentucky tomorrow night in a rematch of last year’s regional final, which was played just over 100 miles away in Kingston, R.I. UConn won that game, 80-65.

Connecticut will be playing in a regional final for the 19th time. The Huskies have made five consecutive trips to the Final Four and are seeking their eighth national title.

It was the second win over Maryland this season for UConn. The Huskies won by 15 points in the Jimmy V Classic in December. Thomas had just six points in that game, and the Huskies held the Terps to just 48 points, their lowest output this season. They also were outrebounded 39-35, one of just five times that happened this season.

Maryland hit just seven of its first 23 shots, but was 4-of-7 from 3-point range during that span, and trailed just 23-20 midway through the first half.

But 3-pointers from Bria Hartley and Kelly Faris pushed the lead to nine, and started a 12-1 run.

Kentucky 69, Delaware 62

Kentucky and its “40 minutes of dread” were too much for Elena Delle Donne and Delaware.

Jennifer O’Neill scored 19 points and A’dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off the Blue Hens in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals, bringing to an end the stellar career of Delle Donne.

It’s the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final. The Wildcats, who already have a school record for victories, lost to Connecticut last season by 15 points.

Delle Donne had 33 points for Delaware (32-4) and finished her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points. She passed former stars Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Maya Moore yesterday.

She finished well short of Jackie Stiles’s all-time scoring mark of 3,393 set at Southwest Missouri State from 1998-2001.

There’s little doubt that Delle Donne would have broken it had she not missed 22 games in her career. The 6-foot-5 star who is averaging 26.6 points in her career sat out six games this season with a reoccurrence of the symptoms of Lyme disease that forced her to miss a dozen games two years ago.

She did all she could to take Delaware to the regional final. Trailing by 14 early in the second half, the Blue Hens cut their deficit to 62-60 with 2:47 left on a jumper by Delle Donne that touched nearly every part of the rim before dropping in. That shot moved her past Moore and sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy.

But Kastine Evans calmly responded with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 65-60. Jaquetta May had three chances at putbacks on the other end, but couldn’t convert.

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