HARTFORD, Conn. – Maya Moore beamed as she walked off the court for good with 8 minutes left in the game and her team up by 42.
At that point, Connecticut’s All-American had single-handedly outscored Louisville 28-27.
Maybe Moore and UConn will find some competition in the NCAA Tournament, because so far this season no opponent has come close to the top-ranked Huskies.
UConn cruised to its 15th Big East tournament championship with a 75-36 victory over No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday night.
“Some players inspire their teammates. She inspires her teammates and takes the life completely out of the other team,” Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. “That’s a unique individual we’re dealing with here.”
The Huskies (33-0) have won four of the last five conference tournament titles and enter the NCAAs unbeaten for the fourth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1997 it lost to Tennessee in the regional final.
“I don’t know where we fit in big picture historically,” Auriemma said. “I think in a couple weeks if we win six more games, they will be one of the six best teams ever to play at Connecticut.”
Connecticut’s road to a sixth national championship will begin on March 22 at home in Storrs as the Huskies host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
South Dakota State 79, Oakland 69: At Sioux Falls, S.D., Jennifer Warkenthien scored 23 points and South Dakota State (31-2) earned an NCAA Tournament bid in its first season of Division I eligibility with a win in the Summit League championship.