BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – For the 11th-straight season, the No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Regional Final to take on second-seeded Texas at Webster Bank Arena on Monday, March 28. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (35-0) set a new NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal record with a 60-point margin of victory over Mississippi State, 98-38, on Saturday. Senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) was sensational, tallying 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and five blocks. Freshman guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 21 points and senior forward Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) finished with 19 points in the win.
With four assists and four steals on Saturday, senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) moved ahead of Jennifer Rizzoti to rank second all-time in career assists (638) and career steals (350).
Stewart now has 65 career blocks in the NCAA Tournament, which is second-most in tournament history behind former Baylor standout Brittney Griner (105).
Husky head coach Geno Auriemma continues to close in on the record for career NCAA Tournament victories with 106 wins, only six away from tying former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt (112).
Connecticut is searching for its ninth-straight Final Four appearance. In total, the Huskies sport a 16-5 (.761) record when playing in the Regional Finals.
UConn has won 70 of its last 75 NCAA Tournament games when playing as a No. 1 seed. Overall, the Huskies own an impressive 88-9 (.907) record when playing as a top seed. Connecticut is 52-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Connecticut and are 10-1 at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Longhorns 6-0, including going 3-0 in NCAA Tournament play. The two squads met last year in the NCAA Regional Semifinal when UConn set the previous record with a 51-point margin of victory over Texas, 105-54.
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