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BYU women's basketball: Cougars will meet top seed UConn in Sweet 16 Saturday

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 9:49 p.m. MDT

Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, right, pushes past Saint Joseph's Ashley Robinson, left, during the second half of a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Storrs, Conn.  (Jessica Hill, AP) Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, right, pushes past Saint Joseph's Ashley Robinson, left, during the second half of a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (Jessica Hill, AP)

BYU women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins compares Geno Auriemma’s Connecticut program to the John Wooden-led UCLA juggernaut of the 1960s and 1970s.

No. 1 seed UConn is the opponent the 12th-seeded Cougars will face Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MDT in the Sweet 16 at the Lincoln, Neb., regional of the NCAA tournament.

As expected, the Huskies dominated No. 9 seed St. Joseph’s Tuesday night, 91-52, at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., to improve their record to a perfect 36-0 and earn a meeting with the Cougars at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

UConn is the defending national champion and has won 42 consecutive games. The Huskies are seeking their ninth all-time NCAA championship.

UConn boasts three potential All-America players — senior center Stefanie Dolson, senior guard Bria Hartley and sophomore forward Breanna Stewart.

Against St. Joseph's, UConn enjoyed its usual balanced scoring. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stewart had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Hartley and Dolson chipped in 20 and 17, respectively.

As a team, the Huskies shot 57 percent from the floor and limited the Hawks to 35 percent.

UConn cruised past Prairie View A&M in its first-round game Sunday, 87-44.

The Cougars reached the Sweet 16 Monday night after a dramatic 80-76 upset of No. 4 seed Nebraska in Los Angeles. Two days earlier, BYU knocked off No. 5 seed North Carolina State.

The Cougars (28-6) are only the third No. 12 seed to reach the Sweet 16 in the history of the women’s NCAA tournament.

BYU is 0-2 all time against UConn. In 2007, the Cougars were pounded in Storrs, 80-34. The Huskies visited Provo in 2008 and won, 96-47.

BYU is not the only underdog in the Lincoln regional. No. 7 DePaul stunned No. 2 Duke, 74-65, Monday. DePaul will play in the other regional semifinal Saturday.

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