STORRS, Conn. — When Tuesday's NCAA second-round game began, all the chatter was about UConn seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley playing at Gampel Pavilion for the final time. It didn't take long for junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to steal the show.
Mosqueda-Lewis became the third UConn player to record a triple-double and first to accomplish the feat in the NCAA tournament as she had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists in a 91-52 win over Saint Joseph's as UConn posted its 42nd consecutive win, which is tied with the 2011-13 Baylor squads for the fifth longest in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.
Breanna Stewart had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Hartley had 20 points as UConn advanced to the regionals for the 21st season in a row. UConn will face 12th-seeded Brigham Young in Saturday's regional semifinal in Lincoln, Neb. It will be the first time the Huskies will play a double-digit seed in the Sweet 16 since facing No. 12 San Francisco in 1996 in Rosemont, Ill.
Dolson finished with 17 points and Moriah Jefferson 11 as all five starters scored in double figures for the second game in a row. The only time that happened in program history came against Penn State and Iowa back in 2002 when Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Ashja Jones, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Williams accomplished the feat.
UConn (36-0) came out red-hot offensively as four different starters scored to give the Huskies the early 10-0 lead and for good measure, they added another 12-0 run later in the half.
Mosqueda-Lewis, who has had an injury-plagued junior season, might have played her most complete half of basketball this season with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. She matched her season high of four offensive rebounds by halftime and equaled her NCAA tournament high in assists in the opening half.
Dolson, who matched Renee Montgomery's program record by starting her 148th career game, moved by Jamelle Elliott and into fourth place on the Huskies' career rebounding list. She also became the seventh Husky to appear in 150 games
Stewart became third UConn player with 100 blocked shots in a season. Rebecca Lobo did it twice, including blocking a team-record 131 shots during the 1993-94 season.
Dolson and Hartley finished with a 41-2 record at Gampel Pavilion, not including preseason games.
Erin Shields and Sarah Fairbanks had 12 points each for the Hawks (23-10).
BYU, which received an at-large bid after losing to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament final, stunned fourth-seeded Nebraska as Morgan Bailey led four players in double figures with 18 points.
“We want to play UConn,” BYU junior guard Xojian Harry said during a simulcast of a radio interview on the BYU Sports Network on Tuesday. “What a great opportunity, we get to play the No. 1 team in the country, play Geno Auriemma and I get to play one of my friends, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.”