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UConn Gears Up for Sweet Sixteen

March 24, 2017

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The No. 1 seeded UConn women’s basketball team will make its 24th consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen Appearance on Saturday, March 25 when the Huskies face UCLA at Webster Bank Arena.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

UConn (34-0) knocked off Syracuse 94-64 in the NCAA Second Round on Monday. Junior Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) tied an NCAA tournament record by hitting nine three-pointers to lead the team with 29 points. Nurse went 10-13 from the floor and 9-12 from three-point range in addition to handing out six assists.

Sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has 114 three-point field goals this season after the NCAA Second Round matchup against Syracuse. She is just seven shy of the UConn single-season record held by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (121).

With a win on Saturday, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma will tie Pat Summitt for the most NCAA Tournament wins in history with 112. The Huskies enter Saturday’s game riding their historic 109-game win streak.



UConn is undefeated 3-0 in the all-time series with UCLA with the most recent meeting coming in December of 2014. The Huskies and the Bruins have never squared off against one another in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 4 seeded UCLA (25-8) advanced to the Sweet Sixteen after advancing past Boise State and Texas A&M in the First and Second Rounds. The Bruins are currently ranked No. 15 in the AP Top-25 poll. In its 14th overall and second consecutive NCAA appearance, UCLA now owns a 15-13 NCAA Tournament record after picking up two wins to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

The victor of Saturday’s contest will advance to the Elite Eight on Monday, March 27 where it will meet the winner of Maryland vs. Oregon at Webster Bank Arena.