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Top-Ranked UConn Welcomes No. 5 Notre Dame for BIG EAST Opener

Morgan Tuck and the No. 1 Huskies host No. 5 Notre Dame in Saturday's BIG EAST opener.

Jan. 4, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 1 UConn women's basketball team returns to Storrs on Saturday when they host No. 5 Notre Dame (11-1) at 4 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion for the CBS showdown in front of a sold out crowd. The Huskies boast a perfect 12-0 record after a west coast trip where the team downed then top-ranked Stanford and Oregon.

The University of Connecticut and ShopRite have teamed up once again to help the hungry this holiday season with a canned food drive at Saturday's game. Fans are asked to bring a canned food item to collection bins located in the North and South entrances of Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus.

Canned food donations will be accepted from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Fans who donate will be entered into a drawing to receive two tickets to an upcoming game. The winner will be announced during the second half of Saturday's game.

All donated food items from this Saturday’s basketball game will be donated to Foodshare and distributed to those in need in the greater Hartford area this holiday season.

The Huskies and Irish have a historic rivalry with Connecticut owning a 29-8 all-time record. UConn has lost to the Irish in the Final Four in each of the last two seasons but Connecticut has downed ND in the BIG EAST Championship Final in each of the last two seasons.

Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is leading the Huskies with 16.9 points per game and is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game. Also scoring the double-digits is freshman Breanna Stewart with 15.2 ppg and junior Stefanie Dolson who is averaging 11.9 points per game. Stewart and Dolson each are grabbing a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest.

Throughout their careers, UConn's probable starters for Saturday's game have fared well against the Irish with Dolson having the strongest outings averaging 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in her eight games against Notre Dame, while Bria Hartley has scored 15.9 ppg and registered 4.4 assists in those eight contests. In her freshman campaign, Mosqueda-Lewis saw the Irish four times scoring 12.3 points and recording 4.8 rebounds. Senior Kelly Faris has played the conference foe 11 times averaging 5.5 points per game and senior Caroline Doty has knocked in 4.6 ppg in seven contests versus ND.

In addition to being televised on CBS, the game will be broadcasted lived on the UConn Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske.