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One Moore time for UConn Huskies get Irish in Final Four

Maya Moore is headed to the Final Four with a chance to pad perhaps the most impressive resume in the history of women's college basketball with yet another championship.

Connecticut's latest star is already a four-time All-American with 3,000 career points. Nice personal milestones for sure, but far from the biggest prize.

To her and the rest of the Huskies it's all about cutting down those nets in Indianapolis and locking up a third straight national title.

Moore scored 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seeded UConn to a 75-40 win Tuesday night against Duke and a fourth straight trip to the Final Four.

"I don't think about it right now," Moore said about becoming the seventh Division I player to reach the 3,000-point mark. "Of course it's really exciting to be at a program where I've been able to flourish as an offensive player."

Coach Geno Auriemma wasn't surprised by his star's huge game.

"We did talk in the locker room that this was going to be a big night for Maya," Auriemma said. "You could just sense it. Too many games leading up to this where things didn't click for whatever reason. She doesn't let a lot of big games go by without going off in a couple of them."

With two more victories, the Huskies will match the record for consecutive NCAA titles set by Tennessee (1996-98) and equaled by UConn (2002-04).

Next up for Auriemma's current juggernaut is Notre Dame on Sunday in the national semifinals.

The two Big East teams are plenty familiar with each other, having played three times this season already. UConn won all of those matchups including a 73-64 victory in the Big East tournament championship game.

Earlier in the day, Moore became only the second four-time AP All-American. She was a unanimous choice for the third straight year and has helped Connecticut to an unprecedented 149 victories while losing only three times. She was joined on the first team by Baylor's Brittney Griner, Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen, Texas A&M's Danielle Adams and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender.

In the other regional final Tuesday in Dallas, Sydney Carter scored 22 points and Texas A&M finally beat Baylor, 58-46, to send the Aggies to their first Final Four in school history.

Texas A&M (31-5) had lost eight straight games against its Big 12 rival, including the previous three this season. The Aggies will play Stanford on Sunday.

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