Twenty years after their only matchup, No. 1 seed Connecticut will play Quinnipiac on Monday in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
Though the schools are located some 55 miles from each other, they might as well be a million miles apart in expectations.
At least they were in 1998, when the Huskies scored the biggest win in program history over the Bobcats 117-20.
Connecticut (33-0) is coming off another brutal landslide -- a 150-52 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in Saturday's first round -- the Huskies are well on their way in their quest for their fifth national championship in six seasons, a year after losing in the Final Four in overtime last season to Mississippi State.
"Once the pace was established, it just became, for us, 'How many layups can we get? And how many open shots can we get?" UConn coach Geno Auriemma told reporters after his team led 94-31 at halftime en route to scoring the most points in an NCAA Women's Tournament game and recording the second-largest margin of victory.
Added Huskies star Katie Lou Samuelson: "I don't think we were really aware (of the margin). 'We were aware of how quickly we were going up and down the court at that first media timeout. But, we were just getting a lot of opportunities and taking advantage of them whenever we could."
This time around, though, Quinnipiac (28-5) is no longer a patsy, and maybe no longer even a Cinderella. << Read more
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