STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will open play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19 when it hosts NEC champion Robert Morris at Gampel Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET and will broadcasted live on ESPN2 with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (32-0) was selected as the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport Region during Monday’s selection show. The Huskies secured a berth to the NCAA Tournament after they won the American Athletic Conference Championship on March 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The Huskies own the sport’s all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play, checking in at 103-17 (.857). The team is making its 28th consecutive appearance in the event and has advanced to the Regional Semifinals in each of the last 22 seasons.
The team will enter the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 19th time in program history and the 10th season in-a-row. The Huskies are 85-9 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including wins in 67 of its last 72 games. Nine of UConn’s 10 national championships have come when the squad began play as a No. 1 seed.
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who was tabbed as The American’s Coach of the Year on March 4, has guided the program to all 103 of its NCAA Tournament wins and joined former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (112) as the only members of the NCAA Tournament 100-win club. On Wednesday, Auriemma was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith National Coach of the Year.
The Colonials are making their first-ever trip to Storrs and bring a 20-12 overall record along for the ride after winning their sixth conference crown on March 13. The squad captured its second title in three seasons, a proper send-off for head coach Sal Buscaglia, who announced his retirement prior to this season.
Tickets for the first and second round of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Storrs are on sale now. All-session packages are $40 each (a $12 savings over single session tickets) and include admission to both games on Saturday and the final game on Monday. Tickets for each day are $26 for adults & $21 for youth and seniors. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
No. 8 seed Seton Hall will challenge No. 9 seed Duquesne in Saturday’s other first-round game set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The winners of Saturday’s games will advance to the second-round game on Monday, March 21 at a time to be determined, also in Storrs.
Fans can keep up with all the action by following @UConnWBB on Twitter.
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