March 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team is back in action on Monday at 7 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion when they host eighth-seeded Vanderbilt in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded Connecticut enters the contest with a 30-4 (14-2 BIG EAST) record, while the Commodores are 21-11 (9-7 SEC).
The Huskies are coming off a 105-37 victory over Idaho in Saturday’s First Round contest where Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis registered a team-high 22 points, while Morgan Tuck knocked in a career-high 18 points. Also having a career performance against the Vandals was sophomore center Kiah Stokes who notched her second career double-double with a career-best 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke on the call. The contest will also be broadcasted lived on the UConn Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske.
Another 30-Win Campaign
The Huskies posted a 30-win season for the eighth consecutive year. The eight-straight 30-win seasons mark an NCAA record, surpassing Duke’s previous record of seven-consecutive 30-win seasons from 2001-07. The 30-win campaign marks the 18th in program history, all since 1993-94. UConn has won 30-plus games in 18 of the past 20 seasons overall with the only exceptions coming in 1998-99 (29 wins) and 2004-05 (25).
UConn Has Best NCAA Tournament Winning Percentage All-Time
Connecticut is making its 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance - the third longest such streak nationally. Only Tennessee (32) and Stanford (26) have longer active streaks of consecutive NCAA Tourney bids. UConn is ranked second overall in NCAA Tournament games played (103) and wins (86) and is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.835). The Huskies enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the seventh consecutive season.
Kaleena LEADS country in 3FG%
Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis enters today’s game ranked FIRST nationally in 3-point field goal percentage. Mosqueda Lewis is shooting 43.8 percent (197-450) from deep in her career at UConn. Sue Bird is the current leader in that category with a career 3-point field goal percentage 45.9 percent.
Opening Round Dominance
UConn has advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in each of the past 19 seasons. The last time Connecticut failed to reach the regional semifinals came during the 1993 season when it was defeated by Louisville in the first round at Gampel Pavilion by a 74-71 count. The second-longest active streak of FIVE belongs to Stanford.
NCAA Tournament Games in Connecticut
UConn is 42-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Connecticut. UConn is 7-1 at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena, 4-0 at the XL Center and 31-3 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn’s last NCAA Tournament loss in Connecticut was a 63-61 overtime setback to No. 4 Duke in the Elite Eight on March 28, 2006. The Huskies have won 40 of their last 41 NCAA Tournament games played in the Nutmeg State.
Huskies vs. the 2013 NCAA Field
UConn has played a total of 19 games against 15 teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies posted a record of 15-4 in those games.
The Series vs. Vanderbilt
UConn is 2-2 all-time against Vanderbilt and 1-1 against the Commodores in the NCAA Tournament. Geno Auriemma and Melanie Balcomb have matched up once before as UConn defeated a Balcomb-led Xavier team by an 86- 84 score during the second round of the NCAA Tournament on 3/14/99 in Storrs.