BRIDGEPORT — The Oregon women captured the imagination of upset-minded schools everywhere by sprinting to the doorstep of the Final Four with one of the youngest starting lineups in the country. They were the second-lowest seed to ever reach the Elite Eight, and needed just one more win to go where no double-digit seed has ever gone before.

The best team in women’s college basketball squashed their dreams in a hurry.

Top-seeded UConn throttled the 10th-seeded Ducks 90-52 on Monday before a capacity crowd at Webster Bank Arena to advance to the Final Four for the 10th straight year. Huskies coach Geno Auriemma set a record in the process, surpassing Pat Summitt with his 113th NCAA Tournament victory.

“There’s not much you can say about what just happened,” Auriemma said. “Right from the opening tip we just had a look and a feel about how we were playing and what we were trying to do.”

The Huskies, winners of 111 straight games, will meet second-seeded Mississippi State — a team they destroyed 98-38 in last year’s Sweet 16 along the way to an unprecedented fourth straight national title — on Friday in Dallas (9:30 p.m., ESPN2).

“We just wanted to come out and make a statement that we really wanted to make it to Dallas,” UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson said. “Right before we started playing we were like, ‘Let’s get this one. Let’s do this right now.’”

On the same day she was named an AP All-American along with Samuelson, forward Napheesa Collier paced UConn with 28 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and 12 rebounds. Guard Gabby Williams added 25 points, six rebounds and four steals.

If not for 12th-seeded Quinnipiac, which stunned the rest of the country by surging to the Sweet 16, the Ducks would’ve been considered the surprise of the tournament. They knocked off three straight higher seeds — No. 7 Temple, No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Maryland — to get to their first regional final, but UConn’s near-perfect start was like a splash of cold water to the Ducks’ heralded freshman class.

“We played them in stretches fairly well, but … obviously not for 40 minutes,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “You can’t just have those let-ups because that 10-0 run in a minute and a half crushes you, and then you try to dig out of it. Then, bam, it’s another 10-0 run.”

The Huskies were already halfway to the Lone Star State by the time the sellout crowd of 8,978 had even settled in. Looking every bit like the top overall seed, the Huskies (36-0) took all of the suspense out of the building with a game-opening 23-4 run.

Oregon’s star guard Sabrina Ionescu scored just 15 points and turned the ball over six times. Forward Ruthy Hebard (12 points) was the only other Duck to score in double-figures.

“We always want to throw the first punch,” Williams said, “and it was kind of like we didn’t want to give them any hope.”

It didn’t get better for Oregon (23-14) from there, it got worse. One day after watching two No. 1 seeds — Notre Dame against Stanford in the Lexington Regional and Baylor against Mississippi State in the Oklahoma City Regional — lose, the Huskies avoided falling victim to the same fate.

“We saw what happened. It was a little warning that … whoever is playing right now is playing for a reason,” said Samuelson, who finished with eight points and five steals. “They’re not just going to get scared and play worse because we’re a No. 1 seed.”

The Huskies’ flawless start carried into the second quarter, during which they shot 9-of-16 from the floor to head into halftime up 49-24. The lead ballooned to 72-43 after three quarters.

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UCONN 90, OREGON 52

OREGON (23-14)

Hebard 6-13 0-0 12, McGwire 2-5 0-0 4, Bando 2-4 1-1 6, Cazorla 4-10 0-0 8, Ionescu 5-10 2-2 15, Campisano 0-4 0-0 0, Gildon 1-2 0-1 2, Vandenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Yearwood 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 2-3 0-0 5, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Yaeger 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 22-52 3-4 52.

UCONN (36-0)

Collier 12-20 2-2 28, Samuelson 4-13 0-0 8, Williams 9-13 7-7 25, Chong 4-7 0-0 11, Nurse 4-5 1-2 11, Irwin 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 2-4 1-4 5, Bent 0-0 0-0 0, Dangerfield 1-3 0-0 2, Lawlor 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 36-66 11-15 90.

Oregon 13 11 19 9 —52

UConn 28 21 23 18 —90

3-Point Goals—Oregon 5-10 (Bando 1-1, Cazorla 0-3, Ionescu 3-5, Hall 1-1), UConn 7-19 (Collier 2-4, Samuelson 0-4, Chong 3-5, Nurse 2-3, Dangerfield 0-2, Lawlor 0-1). Assists—Oregon 12 (McGwire 4), UConn 21 (Nurse 7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oregon 26 (Ionescu 8), UConn 36 (Collier 12). Total Fouls—Oregon 12, UConn 7. Attendance—8,978.