Huskies Set to Battle Minnesota in Final Four



    NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 4) -- The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will put its 16 game NCAA Tournament winning streak on the line Sunday, when the Huskies square-off with the University of Minnesota in a 2004 Division I Women’s Basketball national semifinal. Game time is set for approximately 9:00 p.m. and the contest will be televised live on ESPN.

    The winner of the UConn/Minnesota contest will play the winner of tonight’s first semifinal, Tennessee/LSU, on Tuesday April 6 at 8:30 p.m. for the National Championship.

    UConn and Minnesota will play for the second time, with the Huskies winning the only other meeting; an 85-60 victory on 12/15/90 in Storrs.

    Minnesota, which comes into the national semifinal with a 25-8 mark, is led by a pair of Kodak All-Americans in 6-2 center Janel McCarville and 5-9 guard Lindsay Whalen. McCarville averaged a double-double during the campaign with 16.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Whalen, who rejoined the team for tournament play after suffering a wrist injury midseason, has posted season averages of 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Whalen is also Minnesota’s all-time scoring leader with 2,274 career points.

    Gopher forward Kadidja Andersson could also make some noise tonight as she has put together a solid season, averaging 9.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

    The Huskies (29-4) are an impressive 8-0 against Big Ten schools in NCAA Tournament play, and defeated Minnesota’s Big Ten counterpart Penn State in the East Regional Final.

    UConn is 4-3 in national semifinal contests, and has never lost (4-0) in national title games.