Wow, what a Monday it was! We didn't see upsets, but both games still were entertaining, so let's get right to the recaps.
Albany Regional Final: #1 UConn 91, #7 Dayton 70
I think we all knew that the magic carpet ride was going to come to an end tonight for the Dayton Flyers. But it was really exciting to see that they didn't go without a fight. In fact, they shot very efficiently in the first half and were leading after the first 20 minutes thanks to a lot of hot shooting!
7-seed Dayton is going toe-to-toe with 1-seed UConn: Flyers 44, Huskies 43 at halftime ESPN, WatchESPN pic.twitter.com/P4GSKX12Ss
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 30, 2015
Unfortunately for them, the UConn Huskies turned on the jets to spark a 9-0 run to start the second half, and before you knew it, the game was a blowout. Breanna Stewart finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds and Morgan Tuck scored 23 rebounds and 8 rebounds to help set the tone for the Huskies' inside game, especially in the second half. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led all scorers with 27 points, which included seven made three-point shots. That gives her the NCAA record for most threes made in a career:
UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis set D-I 3-point FG record (393) with her fifth 3-pointer of game UConn 74, Dayton 59 on ESPN/WatchESPN
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 31, 2015
Mosqueda-Lewis ultimately ended up with 395 made three-point shots for her storied career.
For Dayton, Ally Mallot scored 14 points, which included four made threes, while Andrea Hoover added 13 more points. I know that this game was a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent season for the Dayton program. But I'm sure that the Flyers can hold their heads up high because they gave UConn a more competitive game than every other opponent not named Stanford this season. And that's saying something when they also had to beat two strong opponents in Kentucky and Louisville in back to back game to reach this point.
For more reading, check out The UConn Blog's recap.
Spokane Regional Final: #1 Maryland 58, #2 Tennessee 48
After the UConn Huskies beat the Dayton Flyers, many, if not most women's basketball fans wanted to see a classic matchup that has eluded them for six years: a game against the Tennessee Lady Vols. Unfortunately, the Terps decided that that's going to have to wait for at least one more year, and they head off to their second straight Final Four.
This game was a very low scoring affair, where the Terps led 22-21 at the half. But Lexie Brown stepped up to score 13 of her 15 points in the last 20 minutes to help get Maryland over the hump and grind out the win. This is Maryland's 28th consecutive win for the season, and they're as hot as any team not named UConn heading into this Final Four.
For the Lady Vols, Ariel Massengale led all scorers with 16 points. Even though Tennessee remains one of women's basketball's most prestigious college programs, their Final Four drought has now reached six years and counting.
With the Final Four decided, we now know that South Carolina will play Notre Dame, while UConn will play Maryland. Who do you think will win the national semifinals this weekend, and who will win the championship? Let us know in the comments below!