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No. 3 Women's Hoops Faces Maryland in Saturday's Sweet Sixteen

Moriah Jefferson and the Huskies take on Maryland in Saturday's Sweet Sixteen

March 29, 2013

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The No. 3 Connecticut women’s basketball team is making its 20th consecutive appearance in the Sweet Sixteen as the top-seeded Huskies (31-4, 14-2 BE) face fourth-seeded Maryland (25-7, 14-4 ACC) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in front of a sold out crowd at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe on the call.

The Huskies and Terps are meeting for the second time this season as UConn downed Maryland 63-48 on December 3 in the Jimmy V. Classic at the XL Center. Senior Kelly Faris guided the Huskies to victory with an outstanding eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and eight steals. Additionally, Connecticut had three Huskies register double-figures against Maryland with Stefanie Dolson leading the group with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Breanna Stewart scored 13 points and Brianna Banks notched 11 points.

The Series vs. Maryland; 22-Straight Wins vs. ACC Teams
Today will mark the second meeting between Maryland and UConn with the first coming earlier this season in the Jimmy V Classic. UConn is 44-13 all-time against ACC teams and the Huskies have beaten ACC teams 22 times in-a-row.

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. 

Connecticut as a No. 1 Seed
2013 marks the 16th time Connecticut has been slotted as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the seventh season in a row. The Huskies are 69-9 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including six national championships and 11 Final Four appearances. UConn has won 51 of its last 56 NCAA Tournament games it has played when it is a No. 1 seed. UConn advanced to the Fresno Regional Final after receiving a No. 1 seed in 2007 before falling to LSU, 73-50. The 23-point loss to the Tigers marked the largest margin of defeat for the Huskies in an NCAA Tourney game since 1992.

UConn as a No. 1 Seed

1994------------------ Elite Eight
1995------------------ National Champions
1996------------------ Final Four
1997------------------ Elite Eight
1999------------------ Sweet 16
2000------------------ National Champions
2001------------------ Final Four
2002------------------ National Champions
2003------------------ National Champions
2007------------------ Elite Eight
2008------------------ Final Four
2009------------------ National Champions
2010------------------ National Champions
2011------------------ Final Four
2012------------------ Final Four

NCAA Tournament Games in Connecticut
UConn is 43-4 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 32-3 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 41 of their last 42 NCAA Tournament games played in the Nutmeg State.

Mosqueda-Lewis Breaks 21-Year Old Mark
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis established a new UConn single-season 3-point field goals made record of 108 when she buried a trey in UConn’s NCAA Second Round victory over Vanderbilt on 3/25. Mosqueda-Lewis eclipsed Wendy Davis’ record, which has stood since the 1991-92 season

Three-Point Field Goals
Single Season

1. 108----K. Mosqueda-Lewis (108-216), 2012-13
2. 107 -------- Wendy Davis (107-234), 1991-92
3. 99----Renee Montgomery (99-260), 2008-09
4. 93-----------K. Mosqueda-Lewis (93-242), 2011-12
5. 92----------- Diana Taurasi (92-209), 2001-02
6. 90-------------Maya Moore (90-226), 2008-09