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Cincinnati ends season with 72-42 loss to UConn

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm •  Published: March 8, 2014
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott jumped for joy when Kayla Cook banked in a 3-point shot late against UConn on Saturday.

The basket was the 150th 3-pointer of senior guard's career, and took just a bit of the sting out of a 72-42 loss to the top-ranked Huskies in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

"If you start thinking about things to get excited about, that's definitely something to get excited about," Elliott said. "For your senior to go out with 150 threes, against the No. 1 team in the country, and it was a bank shot."

Cook finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers. Fellow senior Jeanise Randolph had 14 points and seven rebounds as the Bearcats finished the season at 13-18.

American Athletic Conference player of the year Breanna Stewart scored 22 points to lead UConn (32-0). Bria Hartley added 17 points for the Huskies, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 12 and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Connecticut extended the school's third longest winning streak to 38 games. The Huskies, who won their regular-season conference games by an average of 37 points, will play No. 24 Rutgers in the semifinals. The Scarlet Knights beat SMU 68-49 earlier Saturday.

UConn never trailed, but Cincinnati stayed with the Huskies for much of the first half. The Bearcats cut the deficit to 17-13 on a layup by Randolph.

The senior forward said she wanted to end her career playing hard, passionate and aggressive basketball.

"I think if I play like that, (my teammates) are going to play like that next year, and it's going to carry over and we're going to see more success in the program," she said.

The Huskies responded with a 20-4 run that gave them a comfortable 37-17 halftime lead.

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