March 13, 2017
NCAA Tournament Central
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport Region of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, as announced by the NCAA on Monday evening.
The Huskies (32-0) will play their opening round game vs. No. 16 seed and America East Tournament Champion Albany at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs on Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
No. 8 seed Syracuse will challenge No. 9 seed Iowa State in Saturday's other first-round game set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the UConn vs. Albany matchup. That game will also be televised on ESPN2.
The winners of Saturday's games will advance to the second-round game on Monday, March 20 at a time to be determined, also in Storrs.
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The winner of the second round tilt will advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinal, which will be played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
Connecticut owns the sport's all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play, checking in at 109-17 (.865). The team is making its 29th consecutive appearance in the event and has advanced to the Regional Semifinals in each of the last 23 seasons.
The team will enter the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 20th time in program history and the 11th season in-a-row. The Huskies are 91-9 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including wins in 73 of its last 78 games. Ten of UConn's 11 national championships have come when the squad began play as a No. 1 seed.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who was named The American's Co-Coach of the Year on March 4, has guided the program to all 109 of its NCAA Tournament wins, joining former Tennessee coach Pat Summit (112) as the only members of the 100-win club.
UConn earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning its fourth-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.