UConn’s record streak of 14 straight Final Four appearances ended with third-seeded Ohio State beating the No. 2 seed Huskies 73-61 on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Cotie McMahon scored 23 points and the Buckeyes (28-7) forced UConn (31-6) into 25 turnovers, ending the Huskies’ season before the national semifinals for the first time since 2008. .
The Buckeyes ended their own Elite Eight drought. Ohio State has not made a regional appearance since 1993. The Buckeyes lost in the title game that year.
They will play the winner of top-seeded Virginia Tech and fourth-seeded Tennessee on Monday night in the Seattle Region 3 final, risking a trip to Dallas.
Ohio State, which had to rally from a double-digit deficit in the first round against James Madison, used full-court pressure to destroy the Huskies’ offense.
“We really picked the worst day to do things that we’ve struggled with all year,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a sideline interview during the game.
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