DALLAS – The No. 1 seeded and top-ranked UConn women’s basketball team makes its 18th-overall and 10th-consecutive Final Four debut on Friday, March 31 when the Huskies take on No. 2 seeded Mississippi State at the American Airlines Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. in Dallas (CT), and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
UConn (36-0) punched its ticket to a 10th-straight Final Four after taking down Oregon 90-52 in the Bridgeport Regional Final at Webster Bank Arena on Monday. Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) joined UConn’s 1,000-point club after registering a game-high 28 points against the Ducks.
With Monday’s win over Oregon, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma now owns the record for the most NCAA Tournament wins with 113, surpassing Pat Summitt at 112, and the Huskies extended their historic win streak to 111-straight victories.
Sophomore guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is just five three-pointers shy of tying, six shy of breaking, UConn’s single-season record, currently held by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (121).
The Huskies are 11-6 overall in national semifinal games. UConn and Mississippi State met in the regional semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, which marked the first time the two teams had come together. The Huskies defeated the Bulldogs 98-38 in Bridgeport and the 60-point margin of victory marked the largest margin of victory in an NCAA regional semifinal.
Mississippi State (33-4) is making its first Final Four appearance in program history after knocking off No. 1 seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime of the Oklahoma City Regional Final. MSU junior guard Morgan William recorded an NCAA Tournament school-record 41 points in the upset over the Bears.
The winner of Friday’s contest will advance to the national championship game on Sunday, April 2 where it will play the victor of Stanford vs. South Carolina at the American Airlines Center.