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Connecticut rolls past Pitt

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in a 74-47 victory over Pitt in the Big East women’s basketball tournament semifinals tonight at the XL Center.

Tina Charles had 21 points and nine rebounds, Renee Montgomery 15 points and Ketia Swanier 10 points, as the top-ranked Huskies built leads of 11-1 and 20-7.

Connecticut (31-1) advanced to its fourth consecutive Big East championship game, where it will play the Louisville-West Virginia winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.

After beating Villanova and stunning No. 9 Notre Dame, Pitt (22-10) was making its first appearance in the Big East semifinals since 1996. The Panthers were led by Shavonte Zellous’ 11 points and Marcedes Walker’s 10 points and nine rebounds.

Connecticut shot 51.7 percent (30 of 58) from the field, while Pitt shot 28.8 percent (19 of 66). The Huskies also held a 47-34 rebounding advantage.

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