(KINGSTON, R.I.) — For the fifth straight year, the Connecticut Huskies (33-4) are back in the Final Four.
Before the season started, head coach Geno Auriemma did not believe he had a roster ready to make another run into the Final Four. On Tuesday night, the top-ranked Huskies showed him they were, shutting down number two Kentucky (28-7) 80-65.
“We like to go to the Final Four every year,” Auriemma said. “I think we’re also realistic, some years it’s going to be easier than others. Expectations are always there, regardless of the probability. This year was less than other years. Makes it more worthwhile. Last year we went as a team led by Maya Moore. This year there isn’t any of that. The University of Connecticut is going to the Final Four and I think that’s pretty cool once in a while.”
Tiffany Hayes led the way with 22 points and has now made it to the Final Four for her fourth straight year with the team.
“It’s even sweeter because this is a team effort, it wasn’t one or two people getting us there,” she said. “We all had our part in it. Everyone had their way of helping us get there. Glad to be back for the fourth time.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN