Napheesa Collier collected 27 points and 16 rebounds as second-seeded Connecticut advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 26th straight year on Sunday with an 84-72 victory over 10th-seeded Buffalo in an NCAA Women’s Tournament Albany Region game at Storrs, Conn.
Collier shot 12-for-15 from the floor for the Huskies (33-2), who bolted out of the blocks with a 15-0 run and survived some anxious moments in the fourth quarter to record their 94th consecutive home win.
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Katie Lou Samuelson and Christyn Williams each scored 17 points and Crystal Dangerfield added 11 for Connecticut, which will face the winner of Monday’s contest pitting third-seeded Maryland (29-4) against sixth-seeded UCLA (21-12).
Buffalo’s Cierra Dillard overcame a sluggish start to score 29 points before being hampered by an apparent ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Adebola Adeyeye, Theresa Onwuka and Brittany Morrison each had five offensive rebounds for the Bulls (24-10), who were bidding for their second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance and third overall.
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Dillard drilled a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 13 at 73-60 with 8:46 to go in the fourth quarter, but Collier answered with a layup. Dilliard was...
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