March 14, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the Philadelphia Regional of the 2011 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 America East Champion Hartford (17-15) at Gampel Pavilion (10,167) in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, March 20 at 12:05 p.m. (EST) on ESPN2.
No. 8 seed Kansas State (21-10) will square-off against No. 9 seed Purdue (20-11) in Sunday's other first-round game at Gampel Pavilion beginning at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN2.
Sunday's first-round winners will advance to the second-round game on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. (EST), also at the Huskies' on-campus arena.
The winner of Tuesday's second round showdown will advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals, which will be played at the Liacouras Center (10,200) in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday, March 27. The Philadelphia Regional Final is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29.
Each game of the 2011 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 nine NCAA titles including the last two in-a-row, will be making their 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and sport a 77-15 (.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 2011 NCAA Tournament following its BIG EAST Tournament and Regular Season Titles. The Huskies captured the tournament title with wins over Georgetown, Rutgers and Notre Dame following a spotless 16-0 mark during the regular season. Connecticut currently stands at 32-1 overall and has been ranked No. 1 nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN Coaches polls for 11 weeks this season.
The automatic berth marks the Huskies' 17th in the program's history. Connecticut is 61-11 when earning the BIG EAST's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut has advanced to the Final Four 11 times in the program's history, including eight of the last 11 seasons overall. The Huskies have advanced to at least the Regional Semifinal in each of the past 17 seasons (1994-2010).
Connecticut is 37-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Connecticut. The team is 28-3 in NCAA Tournament games played at Gampel Pavilion and have won 35 of the last 36 NCAA Tournament games played in their on-campus arena.
This season marks the 14th time overall and the fifth-straight season that UConn has entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. The Huskies boast an overall mark of 59-7 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 17 NCAA Tournaments (since 1994), the Huskies have either won the national championship or have lost to the eventual national champion.
2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds
at Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, Conn.)
First Round Games - Sunday, March 21 Philadelphia Regional
No. 1 seed Connecticut (32-1) vs. No. 16 seed Hartford (17-11), 12:05 p.m. (EST) - ESPN2
No. 8 seed Kansas State (21-10) vs. No. 9 seed Purdue (20-11), 2:30 p.m. (EST) - ESPN2