For UConn, that makes it seven in a row

UConn players including Stefanie Dolson, top left, and Breanna Stewart, right, celebrate with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, center, after beating Texas A&M, 69-54, Monday in the regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Lincoln, Neb.
UConn players including Stefanie Dolson, top left, and Breanna Stewart, right, celebrate with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, center, after beating Texas A&M, 69-54, Monday in the regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Lincoln, Neb. Nati Harnik/AP Photo

Lincoln, Neb. — Geno Auriemma likened the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight game to the last hundred feet of climbing Everest, warning that this is when the most accidents happen.

"You can see the end," he said, "and it affects people in different ways."

Except his people.

The top-ranked UConn women handled Monday night's finality the way they handle everything else: calmer than a lagoon, even in the face of their opponent's resolve.

And they're off to the program's seventh straight Final Four, its 15th overall, following their 69-54 victory over No. 3 Texas A&M at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskies (38-0) will play the winner of tonight's Stanford-North Carolina game in the national semifinals Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Game time will be determined today. The national championship game is April 8 at 8:30 p.m.

This is the 11th time in NCAA history that two basketball programs from the same school have made the Final Four and the fifth time at UConn, the lone school to win national championships the same year (2004).

UConn seeks its ninth national women's title, which would give the Huskies the most in the history of women's basketball. Ironically, Connecticut's accomplishment would come in Tennessee. UConn and that state are tied at eight national championships each.

m.dimauro@theday.com

UConn's Stefanie Dolson celebrates a play Monday night during the first half of the University of Connecticut's regional final against Texas A&M in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Lincoln, Neb. UConn defeated Texas A&M, 69-54, and now moves on to play the winner of the Stanford-North Carolina game in Nashville Sunday night. This will be the Huskie's seventh straight Final Four and its 15th overall. The final, championship game is scheduled for April 8.
UConn's Stefanie Dolson celebrates a play Monday night during the first half of the University of Connecticut's regional final against Texas A&M in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Lincoln, Neb. UConn defeated Texas A&M, 69-54, and now moves on to play the winner of the Stanford-North Carolina game in Nashville Sunday night. This will be the Huskie's seventh straight Final Four and its 15th overall. The final, championship game is scheduled for April 8. Dave Weaver/AP Photo
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