- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

From combined dispatches

TRENTON

No. 1 UCONN 83, No. 6 ARIZONA ST. 64: The Huskies express is headed to St. Louis for the Final Four, a trip perfect Connecticut has seemed destined to make all season.

Maya Moore scored 25 points, and the undefeated Huskies (37-0) beat the Sun Devils (26-9) on Tuesday night in Trenton, N.J., to advance to the national semifinals for the second straight season and ninth time in the last 14 years.

Renee Montgomery added 22 points for the Huskies (37-0), who will face Stanford on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s national semifinal. The Cardinal won that game before losing in the championship to Tennessee.

“I said last year we’d be back,” Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. “We are going back, and it’s ironic that we’re playing the same team. We’re pretty excited right now. It’s good. It’s all good.”

UConn hasn’t lost since falling to Stanford and is two wins away from the program’s third perfect season.

“They look like as a good team as last year,” Auriemma said. “If we do the same thing we did last year, it’s not going to be good enough. We’ll have to be better than we were last season as I think they are better.”

OKLAHOMA CITY

No. 1 OKLAHOMA 74, No. 6 PURDUE 68: Courtney Paris led the way with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the Sooners (32-4) surged ahead in the second half to beat the Boilermakers (25-11) to earn the second trip to the Final Four in school history.

Oklahoma will face Louisville, an upset winner against top-seeded Maryland, in the national semifinals in St. Louis.

Danielle Robinson scored 23 points for Oklahoma, which has made it this far for the first time since losing to Connecticut in the 2002 title game.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton led Purdue with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Lakisha Freeman scored 12 points.

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