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BYU basketball: Women end season at NCAA Sweet 16, fall to No. 1 UConn 70-51

The road to the Final Four ended at the NCAA Sweet 16 for the BYU Cougars women’s basketball team Saturday, March 29 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the hands of the No. 1 seed Uconn Huskies.

UConn Huskies player Stefanie Dolson.
Stacy Revere

The Huskies (37-0) did not come out strong to start the game -- but finished with a flourish as they won going away, 70-51.

The Cougars finish a highly successful season with a record of 28-7 -- their best outcome since 2002 when Erin Thorn led BYU to the Sweet 16 before losing to Tennessee.

BYU actually trailed by just one point at halftime, 30-29, before the 37-0 Huskies showed why they were the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, going on a 7-0 run several minutes into the first half.

By that point the Huskies were ahead for good -- and increased their lead to as many as 20 with four minutes left to play.

Kim Beeston led BYU with 16 points and made four three-point shots -- but UConn held the Cougars’ leading scorer, center Jennifer Hamson in check.

Hamson scored just nine points and had 13 rebounds and six blocks in her last game at BYU.