Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and top-seeded Connecticut beat Kentucky, 80-65, on Tuesday night in Kingston, R.I., to advance to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive season.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 for UConn (33-4), which will play Notre Dame (34-3) on Sunday in Denver. Coach Muffet McGraw, a St. Joseph's alum, guided the top-seeded Irish to a rout of No. 2 seed Maryland (31-5) on Tuesday night in the Raleigh Regional in North Carolina.
The Huskies matched their own school mark of five straight trips to the national semifinals. Louisiana State and Stanford also have accomplished the feat.
UConn led, 48-47, early in the second half before turning up its defense. The Huskies used a 21-4 spurt to take command. Hayes, the lone senior on the team, was the catalyst, scoring seven points during the run. She was selected most outstanding player of the Kingston Regional.