March 12, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 4 University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the Kingston Regional of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Championship, as announced by the NCAA on Monday.
The Huskies will play their opening round game vs. No. 16 seed and SWAC Champion Prairie View A&M (17-15) at Webster Bank Arena (9,000) in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.
No. 8 seed Kansas State (19-13) will square-off against No. 9 seed Princeton (24-4) in Saturday's other first-round game at Webster Bank Arena beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.
Saturday's first-round winners will advance to the second-round game on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT), also in Bridgeport.
The winner of Monday's second round showdown will advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals, which will be played at the Ryan Center (7,657) in Kingston, R.I., on Sunday, March 25. The Kingston Regional Final is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27.
Each game of the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN Fullcourt.
Fans should be advised that ESPN will be using "whiparound coverage" during the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament (except in home markets), taking viewers to the best action at a given moment. Each of this weekend's NCAA Tournament games will be available in their entirety at ESPN3.com.
The Huskies, who have claimed five of the last 10 NCAA titles will be making their 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and sport an 82-16 (.837) mark all-time in NCAA play. The Huskies lay claim to the best winning percentage in NCAA Tournament history.
UConn earned an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament following its fifth-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Title. The Huskies captured the tournament crown with wins over Rutgers, St. John's and Notre Dame following a 13-3 mark during the regular season. Connecticut currently stands at 29-4 overall and has been ranked in the top-four of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll throughout the season.
The automatic berth marks the Huskies' 18th in the program's history. Connecticut is 66-12 when earning the BIG EAST's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut has advanced to the Final Four 12 times in the program's history, including nine of the last 12 seasons overall. The Huskies have advanced to at least the Regional Semifinal in each of the past 18 seasons (1994-2011).
Connecticut is 39-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Connecticut. UConn sports a 5-1 record at the Webster Bank Arena. The team defeated Penn. and Auburn in the first and second rounds of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, and downed Cornell and Texas in the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. In the 2006 Regional, UConn beat Georgia in the regional semifinal before falling to Duke in the Regional Final.
This season marks the 15th time overall and the sixth-straight season that UConn has entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. The Huskies boast an overall mark of 64-8 in NCAA Tournament games when playing as a No. 1 seed and have captured six National Championships in those seasons.
During 11 of the last 18 NCAA Tournaments (since 1994), the Huskies have either won the national championship or have lost to the eventual national champion.