Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma hugged his former assistant before their teams met in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament. Once the game started, affection gave way to near perfection by the Huskies.
UConn was flawless at both ends of the floor against Temple, romping 90-36 last night in Norfolk, Va. It was the top-seeded Huskies' 74th win in a row, the longest streak in NCAA Division I women's history.
It may also have been one of the least enjoyable for Auriemma since it came against a team coached by second-year Owls coach Tonya Cardoza, one of his assistants for 14 years.
Maya Moore (19 points) hit three-pointers on the Huskies' first two possession, they ran off 20 points in a row in six minutes after Temple closed within 13-5 and finished the half on a 20-1 burst.
Notre Dame 84, Vermont 66Skylar Diggins had a season-high 31 points, seven steals and six assists to lead Notre Dame over 10th-seeded Vermont in South Bend. The Irish finished with 19 steals and forced the Catamounts into 25 turnovers. Notre Dame, which fell behind by 10 points eight minutes into the game, finished the half on a 32-13 run to open a 42-33 lead at intermission. Notre Dame (29-5) advanced to the Kansas City Regional semifinal. Diggins also helped slow down Vermont's high scoring guards May Kotsopoulos (12 points) and Courtnay Pilypaitis (11).
Xavier 63, Vanderbilt 62
Amber Harris led a last-minute Xavier comeback and made the go-ahead layup with 12.3 seconds left, rallying the third-seeded Musketeers in Cincinnati. The 6-5 forward bailed Xavier (29-3) out of a 10-point deficit, scoring the Musketeers' last six points. - AP