STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 seeded UConn women’s basketball team makes its 29th consecutive NCAA appearance on Saturday, March 18 at Gampel Pavilion as the Huskies take on America East Champion Albany. Saturday’s tipoff is at 11 a.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
UConn (32-0) punched its ticket to the Big Dance after claiming its fourth-straight American Athletic Conference title on March 6 after bringing down USF 100-44. A 2017 Naismith finalist, Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) gave a historic 40-point performance, shooting an NCAA recorded 10-10 from three-point range, in the final against the Bulls.
Sophomore Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) was also selected a finalist for the 2017 Naismith Trophy on Friday. She is currently second in the nation in field goal percentage with 68.9.
Connecticut owns the sport's all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play, checking in at 109-17 (.865). Of their 29 NCAA appearances, UConn has made 17 trips to the Final Four, including the last nine-consecutive postseasons.
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.
Albany (21-11) won its sixth-straight America East championship on March 10 after bringing down Maine 66-50 to clinch the automatic bid. The Great Danes are 13-2 of their last 15 games. Last season, the Great Danes earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, upsetting #5 Florida in the first round 61-59. Senior Imani Tate leads the Great Danes, averaging 19.1 points per game.
The winner of Saturday’s matchup will play the winner of #8 Syracuse vs. #9 Iowa State in NCAA second round on Monday, March 20.