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By The Associated Press
Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:51 p.m.
 

STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 22 points, and top-seeded Connecticut advanced to the regional semifinals of the women's NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season with a 77-44 win over Vanderbilt on Monday night.

Freshman Breanna Stewart added 14 points, and Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (31-4), who are seeking their sixth straight trip to the Final Four and eighth national championship.

Tiffany Clarke had 16 points for Vanderbilt, which finished 21-12 but lost three of its last six games.

The Huskies led by 13 at halftime and opened the second half on a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. UConn held Vanderbilt without a field goal for more than 7 minutes after intermission, and the Commodores missed 11 consecutive shots.

Mosqueda-Lewis capped the big second-half run with a shot from behind the arc that made it 54-24. The basket also gave her the school record for 3-pointers in a season, surpassing Wendy Davis' 107 in 1991-92.

She came in shooting a nation-best 50 percent from behind the arc, and 44 percent in her two seasons at UConn.

Maryland 74, Michigan State 49 — In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points, and Maryland advanced to the round of 16 for a second straight year.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7) will face top seed Connecticut in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals. Maryland reached the round of eight a year ago.

Thomas, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, had 18 at halftime to provide the Terrapins with an 11-point cushion. Her layup with 15 minutes left gave her 25 points and put Maryland up, 46-30.

The Spartans' two leading scorers, Klarissa Bell and Jasmine Thomas, combined for six points on 3-for-9 shooting.

Tennessee 68, Creighton 52 — In Knoxville, Tenn, Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, and Tennessee pulled away in the second half to advance to the Oklahoma Regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Lady Vols (26-7) are 52-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.

Tennessee is the only program to play in all 32 women's NCAA tournaments. The lone time the Lady Vols fell short of the regional semifinals came when they lost, 71-55, to Bowling Green in a 2009 first-round game.

Tennessee led, 35-31, early in the second half before a 13-0 run broke the game open. Creighton couldn't cut the margin below nine points the rest of the way.

Oklahoma 85, UCLA 72 — In Columbus, Ohio, Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points from the perimeter, and Joanna McFarland handled things inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma back to the Sooners' home state for the regional.

Sixth-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) at Oklahoma City in a regional semifinal Sunday.

Sharane Campbell added 19 points, and Nicole Griffin had 10 for the Sooners, who never trailed after a 15-3 first-half spurt.

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