Connecticut’s Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday’s second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game. She used that as motivation.
Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA tournament record with nine three-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win at Storrs, Conn.
The boasting “allows you to play with a bit of a chip on your shoulder,” she said. “For us, we like to prove it with the way that we play.”
Nurse made 10 of her 13 shots for the top-seeded Huskies (34-0), who won for the 109th straight time. Their next test will be UCLA in the Sweet 16.
Alexis Peterson had 25 points for Syracuse...