Connecticut freshman Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 28 points as the undefeated Huskies beat fourth-seeded California to advance to the Trenton Regional finals, their 14th regional finals in the last 16 seasons.
UConn (36-0), which faces Arizona State in Tuesday’s finals, continued its march toward the school’s third perfect season.
Ashley Walker scored 21 to lead California (27-7), which was making its first trip to the regionals after blowing out Fresno State and Virginia in the first two rounds.
Hayes finished 9-for-10 from the field easily surpassing her previous career high of 23 set against Louisville. She also had seven assists and five rebounds.
Maya Moore added 22 points for the Huskies.