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Top-seeded Huskies, Fighting Irish to Face Off in Final Four

March 29, 2018

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COLUMBUS – The top-seeded UConn women’s basketball team (36-0) faces No. 1-seed Notre Dame (33-3) in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four on Friday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Huskies defeated South Carolina, 94-65, in the Elite Eight to win the Albany Regional. All five UConn starters finished in double-digit points against the Gamecocks, led by 23 from senior Gabby Williams. Junior Katie Lou Samuelson, sophomore Crystal Dangerfield and Williams were named to the regional all-tournament team while Williams was named the most outstanding player.

On Thursday, Williams and Samuelson were named WBCA All-Americans for the second straight season. Senior Kia Nurse was named the WBCA’s National Defensive Player of the Year.

Since arriving on Tuesday, the Huskies have had a few busy days in Columbus. Read more about UConn’s journey so far here



Huskies in the NCAA Tournament
UConn owns the sport’s all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play at 117-18. The Huskies have made 19 trips to the Final Four, including the 11th straight this year. UConn owns the all-time record for most Final Four trips and most consecutive Final Four trips.

Connecticut entered the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 21st time in program history and the 12th season in a row. The Huskies are 68-10 all-time as a No. 1 seed.

Head coach Geno Auriemma is the winningest coach in NCAA Tournament history and has led UConn to all 117 of its postseason wins.

The Huskies are 11-7 in the Final Four all-time. 

Scouting the Fighting Irish
Arike Ogunbowale leads Notre Dame with 20.7 points per game while Jessica Shepard leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per game.

Muffet McGraw was selected as the AP Coach of the Year.

UConn-Notre Dame History
The Huskies are 36-11 all-time against the Fighting Irish. UConn has won the last seven matchups. 

Earlier this season, the Huskies overcame a deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Fighting Irish 80-71.