Stefanie Dolson

UConn rolls Kentucky, advances to sixth straight Final Four


One night after one no.1 seed fell, UConn made sure they wouldn’t be the third of the tournament. As a result, they’re headed to another Final Four.

The Huskies took down no. 2 seed Kentucky 83-53 in the Bridgeport Regional final and earned a spot in their sixth-straight Final Four. And the game went exactly as the score implies.

Despite trailing 23-22 after an A’dia Mathies free throw for the Wildcats, UConn reeled off a 26-3 run over the final 9:07 of the first half to essentially seal the win going into halftime.

Five players finished in double-figures for UConn (33-4), who held Kentucky (30-6) to 30.6-percent shooting overall (19-of-62) and 25-percent (4-of-16) from three.

Brianna Stewart scored a game-high 21 points for the Huskies, who are in search of their eighth national title. Bria Hartley and Moriah Jefferson each chipped in 10 points off the bench.

UConn out-rebounded Kentucky 37-27 in the game as coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies will make a 14th trip to the Final Four overall.

We had some parity last night with Louisville knocking off Baylor, the no.1-overall seed. But Auriemma and the Huskies right the women’s college basketball world. They just always seem to be there. And with no.1 seed Stanford dropping out in the Sweet 16 as well, it leaves UConn and Notre Dame, both from the Big East, as the last two no. 1 seeds remaining.

Stefanie Dolson finished with 11 rebounds and two points for UConn.

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Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student

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Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.