UNCASVILLE - Katie Lou Samuelson scored 21 points to lead top-ranked UConn to an 82-56 rout of Tulane in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Sunday night.
The unbeaten Huskies saw two players leave the game with injuries. Crystal Dangerfield scored 14 points before going down with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. All-American Gabby Williams also suffered what appeared to be a leg injury and left the game before halftime. Both players returned from the locker room to the bench, but stayed there.
Napheesa Collier added 19 points and Azura Stevens chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds for Connecticut (30-0), which has won 30 games for the 13th straight season and 23rd overall.
Kolby Morgan had 21 points to lead Tulane, which finishes its season at 14-17.
Tulane made three early 3-pointers and trailed just 10-9, before the Huskies went on one of their game-changing runs. The Huskies scored the last 18 points of the first quarter, keyed by Kia Nurse who had two steals and seven points during that stretch.
The Huskies kept it going in the second quarter, getting a 3-pointer from Dangerfield, before a fall-away jumper by Meredith Schulte ended the Green Wave drought.
The Huskies forced 14 of Tulane’s 17 turnovers before intermission, scoring 17 points off those giveaways. They went into halftime leading by 30 points, 52-22.
UConn outscored Tulane 34-14 in the paint and made 11 of 12 foul shots.
Tulane, which beat Memphis in the opening round, is 4-4 in American Athletic Conference Tournament play, but falls to 0-10 all-time against UConn. The Green Wave outscored the Huskies 34-30 in the seconds half.
UConn, which won its fifth straight regular-season conference title, also is seeking its fifth straight tournament crown. The Huskies are 99-0 against AAC opponents since the formation of the conference, 86-0 in regular-season games and 13-0 in the conference tournaments.
Tulane: The Green Wave end the season at 14-17
UConn: The Huskies play in the semifinals on Monday night.