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UConn women beat Syracuse in Big East quarterfinals

HARTFORD - Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said he'd be excited about the team's 70-game winning streak if that was where the Huskies wanted to stop. But it's not.

Tina Charles tied a career high with 34 points and Maya Moore had 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as top-ranked UConn (31-0) beat Syracuse, 77-41, in the Big East quarterfinals Sunday.

The win tied the program's own record for the longest winning streak in women's college basketball. Each win has come by at least 10 points and an average of more than 32.

Auriemma said none of that is important as the Huskies chase a 16th conference tournament title and a seventh national championship. "Let's say we win tomorrow and lost Tuesday, what are the kids going to do, go to halfcourt and put their fingers up and say, 'We won 70, 71?' " he said.

UConn is in the conference semifinals for the 22nd straight year and will face Notre Dame, which beat St. John's, 75-67.

Kayla Alexander scored 11 to lead the Orange (22-10).

The 36-point margin of victory was the largest for UConn since it beat Louisville by 46 Feb. 7. Charles hit 16 of her 19 shots, a record for the most field goals in a Big East Tournament game. Six of her buckets came on assists from Moore.

"I think that's always the game plan, to get Tina the ball as much as possible," Moore said. "We always try to look for each other and if I'm out on the perimeter or in the short corner, in the high post, I'm always going to look inside if she's posting up there."

Moore entered the game needing 13 points to reach 2,000. She reached that with 18:39 to play on a steal and layup that made it 48-17.

The Huskies' winning streak ties the one the program set from Nov. 9, 2001, to March 11, 2003, when it lost in the Big East semifinals to Villanova.

Rutgers 63, Georgetown 56: Chelsey Lee scored 17 points and Nikki Speed hit two big three-pointers, one with 2.2 seconds left in overtime, in Rutgers' double-overtime victory.

Rutgers (19-13) will face West Virginia in the semifinals. Sugar Rodgers had 20 points for the Hoyas (25-6).

West Virginia 47, DePaul 41: Liz Repella scored 16 points for the Mountaineers (27-4).


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