No. 1 UConn routs Mississippi State 98-38 in record fashion

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Breanna Stewart had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 1 UConn to a 98-38 record rout of fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Saturday.

The win was the 72nd straight for UConn (35-0) and left the Huskies three victories shy of an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. Their road to that historic title got a bit easier on Friday night when top seeds South Carolina and Notre Dame both lost in the Sweet 16.

Stewart and the Huskies were determined to make sure that the upset trend didn't continue Saturday. The best team in the nation put together one of its most dominant games during this run, needing just four minutes to quash any thoughts of the Bulldogs pulling off the victory.

UConn scored the game's first 13 points and led 32-4 after the first quarter. It didn't get any better for the Bulldogs, who trailed by 49 at the half and lost by a record margin.