March 8, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team enters the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship seeking its first postseason crown in the American and 19th overall conference title after 18 Championships in the former Big East. UConn went undefeated on the season (30-0) and in conference games (18-0) to earn the top seed and win the American Athletic Conference Regular Season crown.
The Huskies will face Cincinnati in Quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon at 2pm ET. The quarterfinal contests will be available online via ESPN3. Sunday’s semifinal contests will be shown on ESPNU and the championship on Monday, March 10 can be seen on ESPN at 7pm. Watch links to view online on ESPN3 are posted above for all contests.
The Huskies enter Saturday’s contest 25-4 all-time in conference quarterfinal games and 67-13 overall in conference tournaments. UConn enters the American Championship in the midst of a 37 game winning streak dating back to last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Huskies completed their seventh perfect regular season and registered their tenth victory against an AP top-ten team in Monday’s win over No. 3 Louisville.
In conference awards announced yesterday afternoon, seven Huskies garnered American All-Conference recognition. Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) was recognized as the American Defensive Player of the Year and a co-recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. Dolson also joined teammates Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.), Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) as First Team All-Conference selections. The junior tandem of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Kiah Stokes (Marion, Iowa) earned places on the All-Conference Second Team while rookie Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.) was selected to the All-Freshman Team.
Five players average double-figures for the Huskies, led by Breanna Stewart with 19.5 points per game. The sophomore ranked second in the league in scoring, eighth in rebounding (8.3 boards per game) and second in blocked shots (2.8 per game) to earn American Conference Player of the Year honors.
In tremendous senior seasons, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson account for the second and third highest scorers on the squad with 16.6 points per game and 12.4 points per contest, respectively. Both saw their numbers raised to the Huskies of Honor wall on senior night against Rutgers on March 1, as both have earned First Team All-American honors in their careers.
After posting her second double-double of the season against No. 3 Louisville on Monday, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis now averages 12 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson rounds out UConn’s double-digit scorers with 10.1 points per game. She leads the conference in assists (160), assists to turnover ratio (3.0), and field goal percentage (56.9).
All of UConn’s games will be covered on the UConn/IMG Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske on the call.