March 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team heads into the BIG EAST Championships looking for its sixth straight tournament crown as they face the winner of DePaul/Marquette on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Huskies enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed after compiling a 27-3 overall record and 14-2 mark in conference action.
Connecticut boasts a 65-12 record all-time in BIG EAST Tournament play. The Huskies’ 65 wins are among 33 more than the next closest school, Villanova, which has notched 30 wins in the event. UConn has advanced to the championship game in 18 of the last 19 years and has won 15 titles during the run.
The Huskies, who are 24-4 in the Quarterfinals, are led by All-BIG EAST First Team unanimous selection Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis who is scoring 17.9 points and grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore forward currently is the top 3-point shooter in the nation with a 50.5 percent mark from behind the arc. Joining her as a nation’s best is Stefanie Dolson, also a First Team selection, as she is first in the country in field goal percentage (59.6 percent). Dolson is second on the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Also registering double-figures for Connecticut is Breanna Stewart, unanimous All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection and Honorable Mention, who is averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while Kelly Faris is scoring 10.9 points per game. Faris, leading the team in assists (4.0 apg) and steals (2.7 spg), was selected the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Player honor with DePaul's Brittany Hrynko.
UConn, first in the nation in points scored, points allowed and scoring margin, is 10-1 all-time against DePaul and a perfect 9-0 all-time against Marquette. This season, the huskies defeated DePaul 91-44 at Gampel and defeated Marquette twice.
Sunday’s contest will be televised on the BIG EAST Network and locally on SNY with Bob Picozzi, LaChina Robinson and Allison Williams. The game will also be broadcasted lived on the UConn Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske on the call.