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No. 1/1 Women's Basketball Heads to Louisville for Sunday ESPU Telecast

Feb. 6, 2010



Game #23...

No. 1/1 Connecticut (22-0, 9-0 BIG EAST) at Louisville (11-11, 3-6 BIGEAST)

Date:                    Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tipoff:                  12:00 p.m. (ET)

Site:                      Louisville, Ky.

Arena:                  Freedom Hall (18,865)

TV:                        The UConn-Louisville game will be televised live on ESPNU with

                              Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (color) on the call.

Radio/Web:         The UConn-Louisville game will be broadcast live on the UConn Radio

                              Network  with Bob Joyce (play-by-play) and Kara Wolters (color) on the call.



Up Next:              UConn will conclude its two-game road trip at DePaul on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in

                              an  8:00 p.m. (ET) tip that will be televised on CPTV.


NO. 1/1 CONNECTICUT OPEN TWO-GAME ROAD SWING AT LOUISVILLE:  No. 1/1 Connecticut will travel to meet Louisville in a rematch of the 2009 NCAANational Championship Game on Sunday, Feb. 7 at Freedom Hall in a noon (ET) tip that will be televised live to a national audience on ESPNU.

UConn and Louisville met three times in 2008-09, with the Huskies winning all three games by an average margin of 29.7 ppg - including a 76-54 win over the Cardinals in the 2009 NCAATitle Game in St. Louis. 

UConn has won its last 22 "true" road games entering Sunday’s clash with Louisville - dating back to a March 5, 2008 loss at Rutgers.

Connecticut will be looking to run its record to a perfect 23-0 for the second consecutive season and enters having won each of its last 130 games against unranked opponents.

UConn leads the all-time series with Louisville  8-1 and have won each of the last eight meetings in the series by an average of 22.1 ppg.  The Huskies are a perfect 2-0 on the road vs. Louisville.

The Huskies lone loss against the Cardinals came in the very first meeting between the programs on March 17, 1993 - by a 74-71 margin in Storrs in the first round of the 1993 NCAATournament.

UConn has won 141 of its last 149 games against Big East opponents in the regular season, including its last 32 overall entering Sunday’s game at Louisville.

The Huskies have won 61 consecutive games entering Sunday’s meeting with Louisville - the second-longest winning streak in NCAAhistory.


LONGEST EVER AT NO .1: Connecticut was ranked No. 1 for the 37th consecutive wee with the release of the Associated Press Poll on Feb. 1 - marking the longest-ever run at the top spot in the history of the poll.

UConn’s 37-week run surpasses Louisiana Tech’s 36-week hold that spanned from 1980-82.


20 WINS AGAIN: Connecticut has racked up 22 wins this season entering Sunday’s game vs. Louisville - marking the 17th consecutive season and the 21st in the program’s history in which the Huskies have notched at least 20 victories.


LAST OF THE UNDEFEATED:  UConn enters play Tuesday as one of two remaining undefeated teams nationally. 

The Huskies are joined by Nebraska.


THE WINNING STREAK:  UConn enters Sunday’s game at Louisville having won 61 consecutive games - the second-longest winning streak in NCAA Women’s Basketball Division I history.


Longest NCAA Division I Win Streak

70                                           Connecticut (2001-03)

61                                           Connecticut (2008-present)

54                                           Louisiana Tech (1980-82)

46                                           Tennessee (1996-98)


HUSKIES AT 23-0:   Connecticut will be seeking to open the season 23-0 for the second straight time and the sixth time since 1994-95.


STIFLING DEFENSE: Connecticut enters play Sunday well on pace to shatter the program’s scoring record for fewest points allowed per game, with its current total of 44.6 ppg allowed - through 22 games - which leads the nation

The UConn record is 51.4 ppg allowed in 2004-05.

In addition UConn also is the national leader in opponent field goal percentage at .304 - well on pace to break the previous top mark in program history of .315 (1994-95).

Connecticut has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of less than .300 in nine games this season and less than .400 in 21 of 22 games overall.


UCONN AS NO. 1:  UConn is  254-11 (.958) all-time when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.

The Huskies most recent loss when ranked No. 1 came on April 6, 2008 vs. Stanford.


THE MARGIN OF VICTORY: UConn enters Sunday’s game vs. Louisville having won its first 22 games by an average margin of 39.0 points - all 22 wins have been by a minimum margin of 12 points.


HUSKIES IN FEBRUARY:  UConn enters Sunday’s game vs. Louisville with an all-time record of 193-97 in games played during the month of February.

The Huskies have won 24 of their last 25 games played during the month, including the last 15 straight - dating back to a 73-71 loss at Rutgers on Feb. 5, 2008.


AURIEMMA TO AUCTION TIES FOR KAY YOW/WBCA: Geno Auriemma’s game-worn ties from the final nine games of the regular season, beginning with the Tuesday, Feb. 2 vs. West Virginia, will be auctioned. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

The ties will be auctioned off on EBay, starting at the beginning of each game.  Each individual game’s auction will last one week after the conclusion of each contest.

All ties up for auction were donated by Mitchell’s of Westport.

Links for all auctions will be available at immediately at the start of each game.

Geno Auriemma’s Ties Will Be Auctioned for the Following Games:

2/2/10                   West Virginia @ Connecticut            

2/7/10                   Connecticut @ Louisville   

 2/10/10                Connecticut @ DePaul         

2/13/10                 St. John’s @ Connecticut     

2/15/10                 Connecticut @ Oklahoma                 

2/20/10                 Providence @ Connecticut               

2/24/10                 Connecticut @ Syracuse   

2/27/10                 Georgetown @ Connecticut             

3/1/10                   Connecticut @ Notre Dame 


Maya Moore CLIMBING TREY LIST: UConn junior Maya Moore is currently in eighth place on the UConn career 3-point list with her current total of 203 - entering Sunday’s game vs. Louisville.


                                1.             Diana Taurasi (01-04)                          318

                                2.             Ann Strother (03-06)                             290

                                3.             Wendy Davis (89-92)                            279

                                4.             Renee Montgomery (06-09)                 254

                                5.             Mel Thomas (05-08)                              224

                                6.             Sue Bird (99-02)                                     207

                                                Jennifer Rizzotti (93-96)                        207

                                8.            Maya Moore (08-pres.)                          203


UCONN ALL-TIME VS. LOUISVILLE:  UConn and Louisville will be meeting for the 10th time overall in the sport of women’s basketball when they square off Sunday.

The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 8-1 and have won each of the last eight meetings in the series by an average of 22.1 ppg.

UConn is 2-0 on the road all-time against Louisville.

Louisville (8-1)

H: 3-1; A: 2-0; N: 3-0

3/17/93                 L              71-74     H

1/31/06                 W            75-68     A

2/13/07                 W            84-56     H

3/5/07                   W            76-50     N

1/12/08                 W            92-71     A

3/11/08                 W            65-59     N

1/26/09                 W            93-65     W

3/10/09                 W            75-36     W

4/7/09                   W            76-54     W


ALL-TIME VS. RANKED FOES: Connecticut has an all-time record of 148-53 (.734) versus Top-25 AP ranked teams.

UConn is 33-20 all-time on the road against ranked opponents and 11-6 in road games against ranked teams since 2004-05.

UConn is 69-36 (.654) all-time vs. opponents ranked in the AP Top-10.

The Huskies are 7-0 against ranked opponents in 2009-10.


DOMINATION CONTINUES VS. RANKED FOES:  UConn is a perfect 7-0 against ranked opponents in 2009-10 and has won those seven games by a convincing margin of 29.4 ppg.


HUSKIES VS. THE UNRANKED: UConn is 265-3 in its last 268 games (dating back to Jan. 31, 1999) overall against opponents not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 - and has won 130 straight such games.

The Huskies’ lone losses came at Notre Dame (Jan. 13, 2004), Villanova (Feb. 28, 2004) and at Arizona State (Dec. 21, 2004).  

The Huskies are a tough out against non-ranked opponents at home - having won their last 235 games against unranked opponents on their home court(s).     

UConn’s last home loss to an unranked foe came on Feb. 27, 1993 vs. Georgetown.


ROAD SAVVY: The Huskies are 94-9 on the road since Feb. 1, 2001.

The Huskies have not lost back-to-back road games since the 1992-93 season when it lost at Miami (2/14) and Pittsburgh (2/24).


SINCE 1999-2000: UConn is 361-28 (.928) overall since the 1999-00 season.

During that span the Huskies have won five national championships.


SINCE 1994-95: Connecticut is 526-41 (.928) overall since the 1994-95 season.

During that span the Huskies have won six national championships.


SHOOT THE THREE!!!:  UConn enters Sunday’s meeting with Louisville having made at least one three-point field goal in 279 consecutive games - dating back to the 2002 NCAA National Championship Game vs. Oklahoma on March 31, 2002 - when the Huskies went 0-for-9 from beyond the arc.


DOING 80: Connecticut has won its last 84 games in which it has scored at least 80 points.

The streak dates back to a 89-80 loss vs. Tennessee on Jan. 7, 2005.


HUSKIES AVOID BACK-TO-BACK OVER AND OVER:  The Huskies have not lost back-to-back games since the 1992-93 season.

The last time UConn dropped consecutive games was during the 1992-93 season when they lost against Providence (3/7/93) and Louisville (3/17/93).

Connecticut has gone 600 games without back-to-back defeats.

The Huskies are 45-0 following a loss during the streak.