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Top-ranked UConn beats No. 24 Rutgers 83-57 in American semifinals

  • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, right, scores as Rutgers' Rachel Hollivay, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Breanna Stewart, right, scores as Rutgers' Rachel Hollivay, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut's Bria Hartley goes up for a basket as Rutgers' Betnijah Laney, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut's Bria Hartley goes up for a basket as Rutgers' Betnijah Laney, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, speaks with Moriah Jefferson, left, and Bria Hartley, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, speaks with Moriah Jefferson, left, and Bria Hartley, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference women's tournament, Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  (The Associated Press)

Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and top-ranked UConn breezed into the finals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament with an 83-57 rout of No. 24 Rutgers on Sunday.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points, including hitting five 3-pointers, for the Huskies (33-0), who extended the school's third longest winning streak to 39 games.

Connecticut, which won 18 conference tournament championships in the Big East, will play for the inaugural American title on Monday against either No. 3 Louisville or South Florida.

UConn put this one away early. The Huskies hit their first four shots and jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game. They led by 31 at the half.

Briyona Canty had 16 points to lead Rutgers, which fell to 22-9 and must wait to see whether it has done enough to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.