Moore scores 25 to lead UConn to 75th straight win 

Maya Moore and Connecticut are making the NCAA tournament look way too easy.

Moore scored 16 of her 25 points in the opening 9 minutes and seemingly invincible Connecticut took it from there to roll over Iowa State 74-36 in a regional semifinal Sunday.

Kelly Faris came off the bench for 16 points and Tina Charles also had 16 for the Huskies (36-0), who extended their unprecedented winning streak to 75 in a row.

The Huskies have won their first three games in the tournament by a combined 148 points — the most ever. UConn easily surpassed the previous mark of 131 it set in 2000 and 2001.

Anna Prins scored 10 points for Iowa State (25-8), which fell far short of duplicating the biggest win in program history. The Cyclones had stunned top-seeded UConn 64-58 in the regional semis in 1999.

Not this time. The Huskies limited them to just 28 shooting from the field and the outcome was never in doubt after Moore hit her first four 3-pointers. She's hit 12 of her 17 3-pointers so far.

Connecticut advances to its fifth straight regional championship game and 10th in 11 years. The Huskies will meet the winner of third-seeded Florida State and seventh-seeded Mississippi State. The Huskies played at Florida State on Dec. 28 and raced to a 78-59 win over the Seminoles.

Like many of the 74 before it, the latest UConn win was decided early.

The first time Moore touched the ball on offense she hit a 3 from the top of the key. The second time, she hit a 3 from the left corner. And the rout was on.

She made all four attempts behind the arc in the opening 8:45 as the Huskies took a 22-10 lead — and then she went out for the rest of the half. The lead was in safe hands, with Faris scoring eight points and generally being a pest at both ends of the court. Moore didn't play in the final 10:36 of the half but still outscored the Cyclones in the opening half, 16-14.

The Huskies even pulled away with one of their biggest stars resting on the bench. Moore's 3-pointer at the 11:15 mark touched off an 18-2 run with Faris and Charles each scoring six points.

A frequently overlooked strength of the Huskies — team defense — was evident. Iowa State came in shooting 43 percent from the field but made just 15 of 53 shots. The Cyclones, one the nation's pre-eminent 3-point-shooting teams, were rattled into going just 6 of 25 behind the arc, with most of the damage they did do behind the arc coming after the game was all but over.

Ten seconds into the second half, Moore hit a 15-foot baseline jumper. By the time she left the game for good with more than 9 minutes left, she had 25 points to Iowa State's 21. It wasn't until just 5:55 remained before the Cyclones in 34 minutes scored more points than Moore did in 25.

The Huskies also shut down the Cyclones inside, outrebounding them 47-32 and limiting them to 18 points in the paint. Iowa State never shot a free throw, either.

Remarkably, most of the Huskies did not have vintage days at the offensive end. Charles was just 5 of 13 and fellow starters Kalana Greene (2 of 6), Tiffany Hayes (1 of 8) and Caroline Doty (1 of 5) also misfired frequently.

The Huskies shot just 39 percent from the field.

Now 74-15 in NCAA play, the Huskies have won their last nine NCAA tournament games and 13 of 14. The only loss is an 82-73 setback to Stanford in the national semifinals in 2008.

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