March 31, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The top-seeded UConn women's basketball team will face No. 2 seed Kentucky (30-5,13-3 SEC) in Monday's Regional Final at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN with Beth Mullins, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe. The two squads met in the 2012 Elite Eight where UConn won 80-65 to advance to the Final Four.
The Huskies improved to 32-4 (14-2 BE) with a 76-50 win over Maryland in Saturday's Sweet Sixteen contest. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart led the way with 17 points each, while Moriah Jefferson added 10 points. On the defensive side, Connecticut caused 16 Maryland turnovers as both Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart registered three steals apiece.
UConn has four Huskies averaging double-digits with Mosqueda-Lewis leading the way with 17.7 points per game followed by Stefanie Dolson (14.1 ppg), Stewart (12.8 ppg) and Kelly Faris (10.0 ppg). The Huskies currently lead the country in points scored (82.4), scoring margin (33.4) and field goal percentage defense (31.6).
Kentucky has compiled a school-record 30-5 overall mark behind the performance of three Wildcats registering double-figures in A'dia Mathies (16.1 ppg), DeNesha Stallworth (12.6 ppg) and Jennifer O'Neill (10.8 ppg). The Wildcats are sixth in the nation in both points scored (76.2) and scoring margin (19.2).
Huskies Seek Sixth-Straight Final Four
Connecticut has made trips to each of the last five Final Fours, which marks the second time in program history it has achieved that feat (2000-04 and 2008-12). The five straight Final Fours is a record the Huskies share with Stanford, which advanced to the Final Four from 2008-12. 2013 marks UConn's eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Regional Final.
The Series vs. Kentucky
UConn is 3-1 all-time against Kentucky, including a victory in last year's Newport Regional Final. UConn has won eight-straight games against SEC teams.
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 (105) and wins (87) and is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.838). The Huskies enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the seventh consecutive season.
Below is a quick glance at UConn's round-by-round record in NCAA Tournament games entering the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Round-by -Round in NCAA Play
First Round----------------------- 21-2
Second Round ------------------ 21-2
Sweet Sixteen ------------------- 19-2
Elite Eight ------------------------ 13-5
National Semifinals --------------- 7-6
National Championship ---------- 7-0
NCAA Tournament Games in Connecticut
UConn is 44-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of Connecticut. UConn is 8-1 at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, 4-0 at the XL Center, 32-2 at Gampel Pavilion and 0-1 at Greer Field House. 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 42 of their last 43 NCAA Tournament games played in the Nutmeg State.
Huskies Against the Top-10
Connecticut is 31-9 against teams ranked in the top-10 since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Huskies had won 16 games in-a-row against teams ranked in the AP top-10 until the 71-59 loss at Stanford on December 30, 2010. UConn is 87-45 all-time vs. the AP top-10, including 71-27 since the beginning of the 1999-00 season. UConn has lost three straight against the top-10 (2/18 vs. #1 Baylor, 3/4 vs. #2 Notre Dame, 3/12 vs. #2 Notre Dame) for the first time since 2004-05.
Sweet 16 and Elite Eight as a No. 1 Seed
UConn is 15-1 all-time in Regional Semifinal games as a No. 1 seed and 11-3 all-time in Regional Finals when playing as a No. 1 seed. UConn's last loss in a Regional Semifinal when playing as a No. 1 seed came in 1999.