BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 14 rebounds to help Connecticut beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday, putting the Huskies in the Bridgeport Regional final.

The victory was the 110th straight for the No. 1 Huskies, who will face 10th-seeded Oregon on Monday night. Oregon pulled off another upset, shocking Maryland to advance to their first Elite Eight.

Buoyed by the success of their Pac-12 rival, the fourth-seed Bruins jumped out to a 9-2 lead over UConn (35-0) before the Huskies scored 17 of the next 19 points. The seven-point deficit matched the Huskies’ largest this season.

UConn led by nine after one quarter and 17 at the half.

The victory tied Geno Auriemma with Pat Summitt for most NCAA tournament victories. The two Hall of Fame coaches have 112 tournament wins.

Jordin Canada had 20 points and 11 assists for UCLA (25-9).


The Bruins cut into a 19-point deficit in the third quarter, making it 62-50 with seven straight points. Monique Billings sandwiched two baskets around a Kari Korver 3-pointer.

But Collier and Saniya Chong combined to score the next 11 points for UConn during an 11-4 burst to put the game away.

Billings finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Gabby Williams had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Huskies.

OREGON 77, MARYLAND 63: Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the 10th-seeded Ducks (23-13) continued their improbable run through the tournament with an upset win over third-seeded Maryland (32-3) in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard added 16 points for the Ducks, who beat second-seeded Duke in the second round. Oregon advanced to the regional final for the first time.


Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each scored 16 points for Maryland.

The Maryland offense, which averaged more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total this season.

Oregon Coach Kelly Graves said before the game that his young team that starts three freshmen may not know it is not supposed to be winning. The Ducks became the second No. 10 seed to advance to a regional final, joining the 1991 Lamar team.

Oregon led by nine points at halftime and made seven straight shots late in the third quarter to extend its margin to 59-45.

A steal and basket by Walker-Kimbrough cut the lead to 69-63, capping an 8-0 Maryland run. But Ionescu answered with a basket and the Terrapins were called for an offense foul on the other end, ending the threat.

Maryland, which averaged more than six 3-pointers a game, was 0 for 6 from behind the arc.



SOUTH CAROLINA 100, QUINNIPIAC 58: Kaela Davis, A’ja Wilson and top-seeded South Carolina (30-4) overpowered 12th-seeded Quinnipiac (29-7) from the opening tip, scoring the first 16 points on the way to a win in Stockton, California.

Davis scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Wilson added 24 and South Carolina’s athleticism and smothering, swarming defense was just too much for Quinnipiac, which beat fifth-seeded Marquette and No. 4 Miami in the first two rounds.

FLORIDA STATE 66, OREGON STATE 53: Ivey Slaughter had a career-high nine steals and contributed 11 points and eight rebounds, and the third-seeded Seminoles (28-6) rallied past No. 2 Oregon State (31-5).

Shakayla Thomas added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Florida State, which will face top-seeded South Carolina (30-4) in the regional final Monday.

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