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UConn goes small to beat Georgetown

It was as simple as switching to small ball.

Trailing Georgetown by seven points with 11 minutes, 13 seconds remaining Sunday afternoon, Connecticut took out 6-foot-5 center Stefanie Dolson and stuck with reserve guard Lorin Dixon the rest of the way. That left forward Maya Moore, at 6-foot, as the Huskies' tallest player on the Liacouras Center court in Philadelphia.

It was a move that put UConn a win away from another appearance in the Women's Final Four.

Sparked by a 14-2 run, the Huskies escaped with a 68-63 victory in the Philadelphia regional semifinal.

The win sent top-seeded Connecticut (35-1) back into the NCAA Tournament's round of eight for the sixth consecutive season and the 17th time in school history.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Connecticut will meet second-seeded Duke, a 70-63 winner over DePaul, at the Liacouras Center.

The Hoyas (24-11) had reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.

Connecticut swept three games against its Big East foe this season.

"With Stephanie, we didn't feel like there was a really good matchup for her," Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said of taking Dolson out. "It wasn't like they were letting us get her the ball easily in the post anyway. So it was going to be a walk-it-up kind of game. That's what they wanted.

"So one of the coaches said, 'We ought to just take Stefanie out.' "

Connecticut reinserted Bria Hartley even though the freshman point guard had four fouls. Hartley, however, was moved off the ball. That enabled Dixon, who came in two minutes earlier, to penetrate at will through Georgetown's defense.

The New York native scored all four of her points during the decisive run.

In the Dallas regional, Danielle Adams had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Texas A&M built a 31-point halftime lead on the way to a 79-38 win over Georgia.

Texas A&M will meet Baylor in the regional final. Brittney Griner scored 40 points and combined with Odyssey Sims in the game-clinching run as top-seeded Baylor defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay, 86-76. Kayla Tetschlag had 27 points for Green Bay (34-2), which had won 25 games in a row.

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