BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Nobody has witnessed one in more than two years. It is becoming as endangered as the ivory-billed woodpecker or Johnny Depp’s movie career.
A Huskies defeat.
Not in 111 games, since Nov. 17, 2014, has the Connecticut women’s basketball team lost during the regular season or postseason. And the Huskies (36-0) may not be threatened any time soon as they head to yet another Final Four, seeking a fifth consecutive national championship and their 12th over all.
With 17 unanswered points in the first quarter, UConn quickly drew away from Oregon on Monday during a 90-52 victory in the Bridgeport Regional final before a full-throated partisan crowd of 8,978 at Webster Bank Arena.
The Huskies will face Mississippi State on Friday in the national semifinals in Dallas. In last year’s N.C.A.A. tournament, UConn defeated the Bulldogs by 60 points in the round of 16. Chances for an upset do not appear any more promising this season.
Forward Napheesa Collier showed why she is a finalist for national player of the year, leading the Huskies with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 2 assists and 2 steals. She was gracefully threatening beneath the basket and beyond the 3-point arc and was named the regional’s most outstanding player.
Gabby Williams, who nearly made the 2012 Olympic team in the high jump in high school and is a 5-foot-11 forward, added 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
Guard Saniya Chong, UConn’s only senior starter, continued her ascent after three seasons of mostly frustration with 11 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Kia Nurse, always reliable, contributed 11 points and 7 assists. Katie Lou Samuelson, known more for shooting than defense,…