INDIANAPOLIS - The No. 1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team is ready to make its ninth-straight appearance in the NCAA Final Four when it takes on Oregon State on Sunday, April 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (36-0) is coming off an 86-65 win over second-seeded Texas in the Bridgeport Regional Final on Monday. Senior Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) led the way with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while classmate Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. Stewart was tabbed as the Regional Most Outstanding Player for the third-straight season after averaging 21.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 blocks in UConn's victories over Mississippi State and Texas.
The Huskies, who have reached the national championship game in five of the last seven seasons, sport a 10-6 all-time record in national semifinal outings.
UConn won the only previous meeting with Oregon State, 88-70, on Nov. 25, 1995. The Beavers earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and own a 32-4 overall record this season.
The Huskies have been racking up awards during the postseason. Stewart and senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) were chosen as USBWA and Senior CLASS Award All-Americans. The duo teamed up with senior forward Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) on the Associated Press and WBCA All-America Teams.
Earlier this week, Stewart was selected as the Senior CLASS Award winner. On Saturday, she was honored with the Wade Trophy for the second-straight year and became the first player to be named AP National Player of the Year three times.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma got in on the action after nabbing AP National Coach of the Year recognition on Saturday.
With 647 career assists, Jefferson is just two assists shy of passing Diana Taurasi (648) to become the all-time leader in program history.
UConn is ranked second overall in NCAA Tournament games played (124) and wins (107) and is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.863).
Husky fans can follow @UConnWBB on Twitter for in-game updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the team's Final Four journey.