Unbeaten UConn turns back BYU's upset bid, 70-51

UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) is defended by BYU's Kim Beeston (4) and Morgan Bailey during the first half of Saturday's NCAA regional semifinal in Lincoln, Neb. UConn won, 70-51.
UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) is defended by BYU's Kim Beeston (4) and Morgan Bailey during the first half of Saturday's NCAA regional semifinal in Lincoln, Neb. UConn won, 70-51. Nati Harnik/AP Photo

Lincoln, Neb. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points to lead four UConn players in double figures, and the defending national champion Huskies shook off BYU early in the second half to win 70-51 in their NCAA regional semifinal on Saturday.

The Huskies (37-0), winners of 43 straight, need a win over Texas A&M or DePaul on Monday night to reach the Final Four for the seventh straight year.

UConn season scoring leaders Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley overcame slow starts, with Stewart having 12 of her 16 in the second half and Hartley all 12 of hers after halftime. Moriah Jefferson had 11 for UConn.

Kim Beeston led the Cougars (28-7) with 16 points, and Morgan Bailey added 14. Jennifer Hamson had nine points to go with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.

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