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STORRS, Conn. – Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to an 81-64 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Sunday in a rematch of last season's national championship game.
Just as in the matchup last April, which UConn won by 33 points, Stewart and the Huskies were too much for Louisville. The win was UConn's 31st straight dating back to last season's title run. That's the fifth-longest winning streak in school history.
The Huskies (25-0, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) led by 11 at the half and when Louisville (23-2, 11-1) got within 47-40, Stewart answered with five straight points to ignite a 16-5 run that put the game away. Louisville could only get within 14 the rest of the way.
Asia Taylor scored 18 points to lead Louisville, which had its 16-game winning streak end. The Cardinals' only other loss came back on Dec. 1 against Kentucky.