March 30, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - Top-seeded UConn women's basketball will face third-seeded Texas A&M on Monday, March 31 at 8:30p.m. CDT. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN as both teams vie for a trip to Nashville for the2014 Final Four. Fans can also listen to the action on the UConn IMG Radio Network.
The Huskies (37-0) advanced to the program's 19th regional final with a 71-52 win over twelfth-seeded BYU on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The Aggies (27-8) punched their ticket to the Elite Eight with an 84-65 win over DePaul in the latter regional semifinal on Saturday night. UConn will look to make its seventh consecutive and 15th overall Final Four appearance with a win on Monday night.
The Series vs. Texas A&M
Monday's game will be the third consecutive year UConn and Texas A&M have faced one another after matchups in 2011-12 and 12-13. Connecticut owns the advantage over the Aggies with a perfect 2-0 record against the program.
UConn in the Elite Eight
The Huskies are 14-5 all-time in Elite Eights and 6-0 when sporting an unblemished record. Saturday's win improved the program's all-time record to 94-17, which marks the highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage in women's college basketball.
Kaleena Coming Up Clutch
Only three players in program history have recorded triple-doubles and two of those historic feats have come during this 2013-14 campaign. In November, Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) recorded UConn's second triple-double against Oregon and the first since Laura Lishness first recorded on in 1989. On Tuesday against Saint Joseph's, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anahiem Hills, Calif.) posted 20 points, ten rebounds and ten assists to own UConn's third triple-double and just the 14th in NCAA Tournament history. Her 10 assists not only represent a career-high but also mark the second-highest number of dimes a Husky has posted in the NCAA Tournament, behind Sue Bird's 11 assists against Old Dominion in 2002.
The junior followed up the historic performance with her second consecutive double-double on Saturday against BYU. She battled for 13 rebounds and finished with 19 points to help the Huskies best the Cougars. Over her last seven games she has averaged 15.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per contest, logging three of her four double-doubles this season in that span.
Leading the Pack
Just prior to the NCAA Tournament, th Huskies completed a sweep of the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, finishing right where they started at No. 1 in the final tally on March 17. The Huskies were the unanimous choice for top dog in every poll except for one week. The stretch marks the fifth time in program history Connecticut remained the No. 1 all season long. The other Husky teams to accomplish the feat included the 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2008-09 and 2009-10 teams. All four squads saw their seasons culminate in National Championships.
Dominance in the polls reflects UConn's statistical dominance on the court this season. The squad boasts NCAA-bests in assists (21.6 per game), blocks (8.2 per game), field-goal percentage defense (30.4 average), points allowed (47.0 per game), and scoring margin (35.7 average). The Huskies also sport a team assist/turnover ratio of 1.82 and a field-goal percentage of 50.5, both of which rank second-best in the country.