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Katie Lou Samuelson scored 40 in UConn's title victory. (Photo courtesy Bob Stowell/UConnhuskies.com)

DRIVE FOR FIVE | UConn wins American title, eyes 5th straight national title

Katie Lou Samuelson was 10 for 10 from three-point range, scoring 40 points, to lead No. 1 UConn to a 100-44 drubbing of South Florida to earn their fourth straight American Athletic Conference title. It was their 106th straight victory.

Samuelson set an NCAA Division I record for consecutive three-pointers in a game and set the tournament's single-game scoring record.

''I tried to focus on just playing and they were kind of going in," Samuelson said. "I kept shooting and it felt good and I was getting open shots and my teammates kept getting me the ball so I was going to keep shooting until ... actually I was going to keep shooting."

''When she gets like that, it's a thing to watch man,'' UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. ''She probably could have got 50 at least tonight. By the time that first quarter ended, you knew it was going to be a different kind of night for her, a different kind of night.''

UConn has not lost to an AAC opponent since the conference was formed four years ago. Next up for the Huskies is the NCAA Tournament. The women's Selection Show is Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. UConn should be placed in the Bridgeport, Conn., bracket.

The Huskies enter the tournament on a roll, too, which might sound obvious about a team that hasn't lost since Nov. 17, 2014 (88-86 to Stanford in overtime).

But since a scare on Feb. 18 in a 63-60 victory against Tulane the Huskies have won their last six games by an average of 40.3 points.


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