By Carl Adamec
HARTFORD, Conn. — From 1983-88, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team did not play in one Big East tournament semifinal.
Since, the Huskies have been a fixture in the league’s final four.
Breanna Stewart led five players in double figures with 21 points as second-seeded UConn whipped No. 7 DePaul 94-61 Sunday in a Big East quarterfinal game at the XL Center.
UConn (28-3) has won 25 straight quarterfinal games. The Huskies will face either third-seeded Syracuse or No. 6 Villanova in Monday’s semifinals. Top-seeded Notre Dame and No. 4 Louisville meet in the first semifinal game at 6 p.m.
DePaul (21-11) will await a probable NCAA tournament at-large bid.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson added 16 points each for UConn while Bria Hartley and Moriah Jefferson, who started at the point for UCon,n had 12 apiece. Mosqueda-Lewis also had nine rebounds.
Unlike when the teams meant a month ago the weekend of the Blizzard of 2013, DePaul arrived well ahead of tipoff and the Blue Demons brought their best player with them this time, too. But for the second time, DePaul got buried by UConn.
The Huskies did not trail. It was 14-11 until Stewart had five points in an 11-0 run to push the lead to 14. Morgan Tuck and Hartley then combined for all the points in a 9-0 run that made it 39-18. Dolson netted the final six points of the period to account for the 49-23 halftime score.
UConn led by as much as 39 in the second half.
DePaul lost to UConn 91-44 on Feb. 10 after arriving the day of the game because of the blizzard. All-Big East guard Anna Martin did not play due to a knee injury.
Martin had nine points Sunday. Megan Rogowski paced DePaul with 15 points.