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Stew Milne, Associated Press
Kentucky point guard Amber Smith, right, and guard Kastine Evans, center, pressure Gonzaga guard Haiden Palmer (3) during the first half of an NCAA women's tournament regional semifinal college basketball game in Kingston, R.I., Sunday, March 25, 2012.

KINGSTON, R.I. — Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers, hitting a pair of them to turn back Gonzaga's last charge as Kentucky beat the Zags 79-62 on Sunday to advance to the East Regional finals of the NCAA women's tournament.

Snowden had 17 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for No. 2 seed Kentucky, which will play top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday for a spot in the Final Four in Denver. UConn beat Penn State 77-59 earlier in the day.

It's the second trip to the regional finals for Kentucky (28-6) in three years.

Kayla Standish scored 25 for No. 11 seed Gonzaga (28-6), which reached the round of 16 for the third consecutive year.