March 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Top-ranked UConn women’s hoops can win sole possession of the American Athletic Conference regular season championship when it visits No. 3 Louisville in the regular season finale on Monday evening. ESPN2 will provide nationally televised coverage of the heavyweight battle, which tips off at 7pm ET on March 3. Beth Mowins will provide the play-by-play and Stephanie White will offer up color commentary.
UConn (30-0, 17-0 American) and Louisville (28-2, 16-1 American) faced off on Feb. 9 at Gampel Pavilion in a rematch of the 2013 National Championship game. A similar end result played out, as the Huskies posted an 81-64 win over the then-No. 4 ranked Cardinals. Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) led all players with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double. On both the defensive and offensive ends, Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) shined for the Huskies. The sophomore hit six buckets and went perfect in four attempts from the free throw line for a career-high 18 points. The agile guard put her defensive abilities on display by helping UConn hold the conference’s fourth-leading scorer and Louisville’s top point producer in Shoni Schimmel to just nine total points on 4-of-15 from the floor – her second-lowest scoring game of the season.
The Huskies hold a 14-1 edge over the Cardinals in the all-time series, with the lone loss coming in March 1993. UConn is 9-0 against opponents ranked in the AP top-25 this season and 3-0 against the top-five. In the last 25 games against AP top-five opponents, the Huskies have won 18.
Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.), who lead the Huskies in scoring, continued their prolific offense with 20 points each against No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday evening. Stewart ranks second in the conference with 19.4 points per game while Hartley ranks fifth with 16.7 per game. The duo has combined for 573 points in the team’s last 14 games.
Senior guard Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) celebrated senior day by surpassing the 1,000-points/1,000-rebounds plateau, joining the ranks of Tina Charles, Rebecca Lobo, Maya Moore and Jamelle Elliott. She enters her last career regular season game averaging 12.6 points per game and 9.1 boards per contest.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) returned to the Huskies starting lineup on Saturday after missing four games with mononucleosis. The junior produced seven points and chased down three rebounds in her return, clocking 27 minutes of action.
Moriah Jefferson registered four assists on Saturday to contribute to her league-leading 156 dimes. She also leads the American with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio that ranks seventh in the country.
Saturday’s win over Rutgers clinched at least a portion of the regular season title for Connecticut. The Huskies enter postseason play on Saturday at the American Athletic Conference Championship at Mohegan Sun Casino March 7-10.