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Moore scores 3,000th point in win

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

PHILADELPHIA -- 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, a Collins Hill grad, 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.''

The Huskies are two victories away from winning their third straight national championship, matching the school's own run from 2002-04 and Tennessee's from 1996-98.

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.

''It's going to be rough,'' Moore said. ''We know each other so well and there are not a lot of surprises. It's going to be a battle to grind it out. We're representing well for our conference. It should be fun.''

Once again rural Storrs, Conn., is the center of the college basketball world as both the men's and women's teams are in the Final Four. It's the third time in the past seven years that both programs have advanced this far with 2004 culminating in dual titles.

Throw in the football team reaching the BCS as Big East champions for the first time and its the first time ever one school has been in all three events.

''Take that!,'' Auriemma said.

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.