In the most anticipated game of the regular season in women’s college basketball, No. 2 UConn rolled past No. 1 South Carolina, 87-62 on Monday night in front of a packed house at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
The defending-champion Huskies delivered a quick strike to the previously unbeaten Gamecocks by jumping out to a 16-point halftime lead. From there, UConn (23-1) was on cruise control as four starters finished in double-figures led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 23 points and Breanna Stewart with 22 points. The Huskies finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field (31-for-56) while forcing South Carolina into 17 turnovers.
The Gamecocks struggled to match the overall talent of the Huskies and were led by 17 points apiece from Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch.
With the win, UConn looks like the best team in women’s college basketball once again. The Huskies are already coming off of back-to-back national championships and have been to seven consecutive Final Fours entering the 2014-15 season. The Huskies have now won 22 consecutive games after losing the second game of the season at Stanford.
UConn only has one more ranked team currently on the schedule and its the final game of the regular season at No. 25 South Florida.
South Carolina will get a few games to bounce back from this loss in the SEC before three consecutive games against top-15 teams to close out the conference season. The Gamecocks finish at home against No. 6 Tennessee and No. 13 Mississippi State before a road game at No. 10 Kentucky.
Both of these teams were No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament last season but South Carolina fell to North Carolina in the Sweet 16. With both of these teams likely coming back as No. 1 seeds for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, we could see a rematch between these teams in the Final Four.