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Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu second from left is embraced by teammate Mallory Mc Gwire as she comes off the bench during the second half of a regional semifinal game against Maryland in the NCAA women's college basketball tourname

The Bulldogs will play the undefeated (and winners of 111 straight) Huskies at 9 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

To be fair, there has been a sign of UConn's impending doom: the margin of victory has decreased, from last year's 39.8 points a night to 33.1.

There are perhaps no words that describe the Huskies season, or their dismantling tournament run thus far. The Huskies harassed OR into 17 turnovers in the first half and went into halftime with a commanding 49-24 lead.

Their Elite Eight win was no different.

UConn has been slightly less efficient on both offense and defense.

This is the proverbial 60-point game that wasn't even that close.

CT overwhelmed the Ducks early, racing out to a 23-4 lead in the first quarter. "They don't realize this is supposed to be really hard, you know". That kind of defensive efficiency is nearly unthinkable in an Elite Eight game.

"We've played against top-ranked teams and we've been down". But from the opening tip, the Huskies shut the Ducks down in every possible facet of their game plan.

"They're playing probably more fearless than anyone in the country", Samuelson said. At the break, they already had forced 17 OR turnovers and led 49-24. UConn jumped out to a 23-4 lead and never looked back, eventually winning the game by 38 points, 90-52.

In the second half, the Duck's offense rebounded slightly.

The Huskies will be trying for a 10th consecutive trip to the Final Four.

Hebard capped a 6-0 spurt to get the Ducks within 57-32 in the third quarter, but Collier converted a turnover for a transition basket to give the Huskies a 70-32 lead in the blink of an eye.

Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, Gabby Williams had 25 and the Huskies advanced to the national semifinals for the 10th straight year with a 90-52 victory against OR on Monday night.

“You know, watching them play and what Coach Auriemma has done is incredible. No matter how seemingly flawless his team is to onlookers, Auriemma is never satisfied. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

As Jay Bilas tweeted during their taming of a brash, youthful OR team playing in its first Elite 8, "the women's game gets better and better, and UConn outpaces it".

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams). Mississippi State's Blair Schaefer (1) cuts the net as she celebrates after a regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Baylor, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier accumulated 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the win. It did not pick up steam after wins over Notre Dame, Texas or SC either.

But it's been 25 years since Stanford won the last of its two NCAA championships.

"She took a dribble, and I'm like, 'I'm going for it whether I get the foul or not, "' McCall said.

Auriemma says the Ducks' youth makes them risky and gives them a "nothing-to-lose" attitude.

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