By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Connecticut advances to its 11th-straight Final Four with 94-65 win over South Carolina in front of 9,522 at the Time Union Center. It was the 19th time in program history they reached the Final Four. The Huskies improves to 7-0 all-time against South Carolina.
The Huskies started 5-of-6 from three-point range and hit 12 in the game. UConn shot 71.4% (10-14) from the field and 100% (4-4) beyond the arc in the half. UConn hit nine (9-of-10) triples in the first half hit and 12 in the game, one off the team’s season-high. Crystal Dangerfield led the Huskies with 19 points going into the break. UC took a 54-33 lead into the half.
The 54 points allowed in a half was the most allowed all season, the previous most was on February 1 when South Carolina played UConn.
The Huskies are 7-0 all-time against South Carolina and 19-5 in Regional Finals.
Seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams played in their 150th game at UConn, the duo is 148-2 in those contests.
The Gamecocks shot 60.0% (9-15) from the field for the half. South Carolina finish the season with 29-9 overall record. SC had a problem with their perimeter defense in the half against the Huskies. The Gamecocks have allowed 30 or more points and the most points since allowing 32 in the fourth in the fourth quarter at #15/13 Maryland on Novemember 13, 2017.
“I don’t think we expect anything as far as we’re just going to get here. You know we look at the game ahead of us and we take it one game at a time and one practice at a time. These kind of things, they just kind of come.” Connecticut Gabby Williams said.
Husky’s Gabby Williams finished with a team high 23 points (11-16) and Crystal Dangerfield finished with 21 points (7-of-11). They were five Huskies in double figures.
South Carolina all-american A’ja Wilson finished the game with 27 points and eight rebounds. Alexis Jennings chipped in 15 points but struggled in the second half.
In the second half UConn sped the pace up and move the ball to an open Dangerfield who made the Gamecocks pay in the second half. The dynamic-duo Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams establish themselves on the blocks in the half. South Carolina didn’t have an answer for UConn in and out game.
The Huskies put together a series of runs that dazed the South Carolina team. With 4:15 in regulation UConn was up by 31 points 87-56 and never looked back. It was a kind of a game that UConn needed and everybody played a big part in the win.
“Well, I’ve always said, today is the hardest day; in all of the games that you play, today is probably the hardest. The next hardest is the one you play on Friday night. To get back to Final Four, I mean, every team starts their season and says, that’s our goal, to go to the Final Four. So for us, it’s an opportunity to go back to where we felt like we didn’t really give our best effort. You know, we lost to a really good team, but it happened in a way that was really, really disappointing, and I know that we were really anxious to go back and put ourselves in that same situation, and see how much we’ve changed since last year. So I’m excited for our team and I’m thrilled for these two up here, and what they did was pretty remarkable..” Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said.
UConn will be marching this weekend and they will play Notre Dame Friday night in Columbus for the Final Four.