UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Following another perfect regular season, the No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team kicks off postseason play in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The top-seeded Huskies will play the winner of No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Tulsa at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
UConn (29-0, 16-0 The American) capped off another perfect regular season with a 96-68 road win at USF on Monday. Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) was tabbed the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, her third time receiving the recognition this year, after delivering a career-high 39 points against the Bulls on Monday. The 39 points marked the fourth-highest single-game total ever scored by a Husky and was only seven-points shy of Nykesha Sales’ school record.
Collier was one of three Huskies named a Naismith Trophy national semifinalist by the Atlanta Athletic Club on Thursday. Sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and junior Gabby Williams (Sparks, Nev.) were also selected to the top-10 list of Naismith semifinalists.
Undefeated all-time in American Athletic Conference play, UConn enters the postseason tournament riding its historic 104-game win streak in search for the team’s fourth consecutive American Athletic Conference title.
Potential candidates Memphis and Tulsa will battle it out in game one of the first round on Friday, March 4 at 4 p.m. The Tigers concluded the 2016-17 regular season 14-15 overall and 7-9 in league games to sit at No. 8 in the AAC standings. UConn and Memphis only met on one occasion this year and the Huskies walked away with a 91-48 win over the Tigers on Senior Day at Gampel Pavilion.
The Golden Hurricane finished just behind Memphis in the standings at the No 9 spot. Tulsa closed the year 9-20 overall and with a 5-11 conference record. UConn and Tulsa played a home-and-home this year and the Huskies won by a margin of at least 40 points in both meetings.
The winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal will meet the winner of No. 5 Tulane vs. No. 4 UCF in the semifinals on Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m.