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ST. LOUIS - The Connecticut women's basketball express is just two victories from completing its perfect run.

To do it, the Huskies will have to defeat Stanford - the team that knocked them out of the Final Four last season. Oklahoma and Louisville will play in the other semifinal tonight with the title game Tuesday.

The Huskies have already handily beaten both those teams, routing Louisville in the Big East tournament championship game. That leads some to believe that the winner of tonight's matchup with Stanford will end up as the national champion.

"I've heard people say that," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "But it's not the case. The championship game is Tuesday night. I don't want to make tomorrow the championship game."

UConn (37-0) has been dominant all season, winning by 31 points a game and not allowing a team to come within 10 points all season. The Huskies are seeking the school's third undefeated season and the fifth in women's basketball history.

The Cardinal (33-4) have made their own impressive run to the Final Four, winning all four games in routs. Stanford, which has won 20 straight, blew out Iowa State by 21 points in the Berkeley Regional final Monday night.

This Stanford team is different from the one that topped UConn last year. Gone to the WNBA is All-American guard Candice Wiggins, who had one of the best tournaments in NCAA history last season.

For many, the first matchup tonight - Louisville versus Oklahoma - feels like the consolation game of the Women's Final Four.

Good reason. Both semifinalists have been drubbed by Connecticut. Twice in the Cardinals' case.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz, whose team lost by 28 and 39 points, joked that it was all part of the plan to lull the unbeaten Huskies into a false sense of security. Of course, the Cardinals first have to win the opener tonight and then Connecticut would have to get past Stanford.

Oklahoma's Sherri Coale, on the wrong end of a 28-point blowout at Storrs, Conn., in late November, bristled a bit at the notion that it's the Huskies' tournament to lose.

"I think it's a great Final Four," Coale said. "I think it's a fans' paradise, and I think there will be two really good games on Sunday, and another really good one on Tuesday."

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