Mar 20, 9:41 PM EDT

Nurse hits 9 3-pointers to lead UConn over Syracuse 94-64Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship gameNurse hits 9 3-pointers to lead UConn over Syracuse 94-64Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game


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STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn's Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday night's second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.

She used that as motivation.

The junior guard scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over the Orange.

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 hit 10 of her 13 shots, missing three attempts from behind the arc for the Huskies, who won for the 109th straight time and 26th straight in the NCAA Tournament. That streak includes last April's 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.

Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 23 points and Napheesa Collier chipped in with 17 for UConn (34-0), which led by as many as 36 points.

The Huskies shot 62 percent from the floor, 52 percent from 3-point range and had 30 assists on their 33 baskets.

Geno Auriemma said the performance had him shaking his head in awe.

"Those first three quarters I just thought we were about as good as we can be in a lot of the areas you need to be good in this time of the year," he said.

Alexis Peterson had 25 points to lead Syracuse, which finished its season at 22-11. Backcourt mate Brittney Sykes added 15 and Briana Day had 13 for the Orange.

"We didn't expect to be going home," said Syracuse Coach Quentin Hillsman. "We're extremely disappointed."

UConn held Syracuse without a field goal for more than 3