7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2004
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Diana Taurasi has been through this so often she didn't even bother with the cap, instead just flinging it into the stands.Let some happy Connecticut fan wear it. Taurasi had just helped Connecticut earn an unprecedented fifth straight trip to the Final Four and she didn't need any souvenirs.
From the start of the game, all the energy was with UConn. Against Notre Dame in the Sweet 16, Penn State's offense showed signs of fatigue, and the Lady Lions, who have travelled from Indianapolis to Blacksburg, Va., to Hartford, Conn., for its tournament games, appeared sluggish again early on Monday.It wasn't that Penn State didn't get some of the looks it wanted.But the Lady Lions continuously dawdled in setting up their offense, and often didn't start running the offense until 10 or so seconds were left on the shot clock. Also, they weren't getting second chances.A lot of the credit goes to Connecticut, which had clearly scouted Penn State well. The Huskies knew each Lions' individual strengths and how to neutralize a good offensive team. Barbara Turner stepped up to give scoring help to Diana Taurasi, and that was a lethal combination for Penn State.
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