STORRS, Conn. -- As soon as Azura Stevens saw the final score from Athens, Georgia, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's redshirt junior forward knew what the first question to her would be when the media made its way inside the Huskies' locker room Monday night.
How about playing Duke next?
"They're a good team and it's going to be a good game," said Stevens, who spent her first two seasons with the Blue Devils before transferring to UConn in 2016. "We're going to be looking forward to it."
The top-seeded Huskies advanced to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals for the 25th straight year with its 71-46 Albany (New York) Regional second-round win over No. 9 Quinnipiac at Gampel Pavilion. UConn (34-0) will take on No. 5 Duke (24-8) Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The Blue Devils advanced with a 66-40 rout of host No. 4 Georgia Monday.
"It will be interesting," UConn forward Napheesa Collier said. "For one thing, Z went there. Like always, we'll prepare the same and treat it like every other game and go out and play hard. But it will be interesting."
It will be the first meeting between UConn and Duke since Dec. 29, 2014, when Stevens, then a Blue Devils' freshman, had 16 points in what would be an 83-52 UConn victory at the XL Center in Hartford.
The Huskies lead the all-time series 11-3 with eight straight wins. There have been two NCAA tournament contests, both in the Elite Eight. Duke edged UConn 63-61 in overtime in Bridgeport in 2006, while the Huskies routed the Blue Devils 75-40 in 2011 in Philadelphia.
Stevens will be the second UConn player to face a former team. The other is Brittany Hunter, who also transferred from Duke and played against the Blue Devils in 2006.
"I'm sure I'll have a conversation with Z about it," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Any conversation you have is just that, it's just talk. You still have to play the game, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I would venture to say Z is going to really want to play well on Saturday. I just want her to get ready to play well and not get involved in all the other stuff."
Stevens was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer in her two years at Duke. In her first season with the Huskies after sitting out due NCAA transfer rules, the American Athletic Conference's Sixth Man Award winner and Newcomer of the Year is averaging 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.0 blocked shots.
Also Saturday, for the second time in three games, the Huskies will face a former teammate of UConn graduate assistant Chloe Pavlech from her playing days at Maryland. Last Saturday it was Saint Francis forward Ace Harrison. This Saturday it will be Duke guard Lexie Brown, who went against the Huskies for the Terrapins in the 2015 Final Four.
"Duke's got an interesting team. They do a lot of good things," Auriemma said.
Reigning national champion and No. 2-seed South Carolina will face No. 11 Buffalo in the first game of the Albany regional semifinal doubleheader.
At 4:45 p.m., on Monday, Gabby Williams was walking down Jim Calhoun Way towards Gampel Pavilion to play her final home game at UConn. One could only wonder what she was thinking.
"That it was my last home game kind of crossed my mind," Williams said. "But it was just like any other Gampel game that we've had. I was just listening to my music and getting myself ready."
Williams was plagued by two first-half fouls and played just 22 minutes, had six points, two rebounds, and five assists. When asked if she did anything well, her response was "No." Classmate Kia Nurse finished with 13 points including a pair of key 3-pointers, three rebounds, and three assists in 34 minutes.
Nurse and Williams finish their careers 35-0 at their on-campus home. They also become the third UConn class to go unbeaten at home (78-0) during their four-year careers, joining the Class of 2011 (Maya Moore/Lorin Dixon) and the Class of 2017 (Saniya Chong/Tierney Lawlor).
Williams came out for good with 4:42 left while Auriemma took out Nurse for the final time with 2:27 to go.
"Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center are two of the greatest places in the country to call home," Nurse said. "It's a matter of the fans and our fan base that come out each and every game with the same passion and the same energy who is always behind us to be that sixth man for us. But also it's just the feeling of being in a place that has so much history, of so many great players who have come before us to build this place into the legacy that it is and just being fortunate every single home game to step on this court to try to make them proud.
"It's been an incredible four years here and I'm glad we could end it the way that we did."
UConn has been a player on the national stage for a quarter-century, while Quinnipiac is emerging as a regional force.
But of the 26 players on the rosters of the two teams, exactly one was a Connecticut native -- Bobcats' senior guard Carly Fabbri, the Quinnipiac coach's daughter.
"This is the Mecca of women's basketball," Fabbri said after finishing with three points and four assists in 35 minutes. "Growing up here, everyone talks about UConn. I was a Bobcat fan my entire life, but being here was really incredible. It was really the atmosphere that made it.
"We had a lot of Quinnipiac supporters in the Miami game, as well as a lot of UConn fans cheering for us. Even today, we had a good chunk of Quinnipiac fans out there. It was just the opportunity of a lifetime. Not many people get to play in front of thousands of people. That's something I will remember the rest of my life."
Fabbri played her heart out. But with 1:42 left and the outcome decided, she made her way to the bench to a huge embrace from her mother, who said, "Great job." In their four years together, Quinnipiac was 113-26.
"It was just a storybook ending to have with your daughter," Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri said. "For her to lead the team into the Sweet 16 last year and this year with a No. 9 seed get the win over Miami, for her to play in front of 8,500 people in a competitive game, I was really excited for her to have this moment to close out her career."
RECRUIT WILLIAMS HONORED
It's a three-peat for Christyn Williams as the UConn Class of 2018 signee was named Arkansas' Gatorade Player of the Year for the third straight year Monday.
The 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock and Central Arkansas Christian averaged 26.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocked shots as a senior in leading CAC to a 36-1 record and the Class 4A state championship.
Williams has already been named the national Player of the Year by the WBCA and McDonald's (Morgan Wootten Award) and has won the Naismith Trophy. She has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
The Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year was Mercy High senior Bella Santoro, who will play next season at Division II Stonehill.
Of the Sweet 16 teams, the ACC and Pac-12 lead the way with four each, followed by the Southeastern Conference (3), Mid-American (2), Big 12 (2), and the American (1) ... Katie Lou Samuelson was accidentally hit on the chin while guarding Quinnipiac's Aryn McClure and was holding her jaw and face for a good portion of the first quarter. "It hurts," Samuelson said. "I got hit and it jammed it." Samuelson took just five shots Monday night and finished with eight points and eight rebounds. "Being able to still make an impact on the game and still being engaged in the game is always my focus and I just tried to contribute as much as I could," she added. ... Gabby Williams is 15 rebounds away from 1,000 for her career.