Feb. 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Top-ranked UConn faces No. 4 Louisville in a rematch of the 2013 National Championship game on Sunday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion. Tipoff time for the contest is set for 1pm with nationally televised coverage on ESPN. Pam Ward will be on the play-by-play and former Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo will provide the color analysis. The UConn/IMG Radio Network will broadcast over the radio with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske on the call. To stream the game online, simply click on the `Watch Live' link posted above.
As previously advertised, Sunday's game will benefit the Play 4Kay initiative to raise funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Last year, UConn fans showed tremendous generosity by donating over $30,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. For more information on how to donate, click here. Fans are reminded to wear pink to the game.
National rankings and conference standings are at stake in Sunday's heavyweight battle of Top-Five opponents. Both the Huskies (24-0, 11-0 American) and Cardinals (23-1, 11-0 American) sport perfect conference records and a win on Sunday would give the victorious team sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference. UConn and Louisville possess the highest scoring offenses in the conference and the two highest 3-point field goal percentages, respectively. The two squads were the last two programs standing at the end of last season's NCAA Tournament. The Huskies powered past Louisville for the 93-60 win to earn the program's eighth national championship. Connecticut owns a 13-1 all-time record against their Kentucky foe, claiming the last 13 consecutive meetings against the Cardinals.
No. 4 Louisville will look to avenge this loss on Sunday, riding a 16-game winning streak to Connecticut. The Cardinals suffered their lone setback of the year on Dec. 1 at then-No. 7 Kentucky by a score of 69-64. Overall, the team has outscored its opponents by an average 23.7 points this season, which ranks fourth-best in the nation. UConn tops the national leaderboard with an average win margin of 36.8 points.
Three Cardinals average double-figures for Louisville led by senior Schoni Schimmel (17.9), Sara Hammond (11.7) and Asia Taylor (10.5). A prolific 3-point shooter, Schimmel has gone 85-212 from behind the arc this season. Schimmel accounts for about 48 percent of the team's 443 total attempts from long range and 21.5 percent of the team's overall scoring this season.
The Huskies enter Sunday's game after a victory against SMU on Tuesday evening in which Connecticut held the Mustangs to 20 percent shooting and registered its largest margin of victory this season in the 102-41 win. UConn's five starters all registered double-figures as the squad extended its win streak to 30 games, which ties for fifth-best in program history.
No two Huskies have been more dominant over the last eight games than Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.). Both players averaged just over 20 points in their last eight games and set career markers along the way. Stewart established a new career-high with 37 points against Temple on Jan. 28 while Hartley recorded a personal-best 11 assists that same night.
Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) logged her eleventh double-double of the season on Tuesday on 16 points and 11 assists. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also posted a strong all-around game, missing a triple-double by just three assists after a 16 point, 11 rebound evening. Kaleena has now posted three consecutive games scoring double-digits and has shot 47 percent from long range in the team's last five contests.
Sophomore Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) owns the sixth-best assist/turnover ratio in the country at 3.4 and leads the conference in assists with 5.3 per game. She also has the highest number of steals on the UConn roster with 66 and has registered at least one theft in 17 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 23.
UConn is 203-60 all-time versus AP Top-25 opponents.