INDIANAPOLIS – For the fourth-straight season, the top-seeded University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will take part in the NCAA National Championship game. The Huskies will battle fourth-seeded Syracuse in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Radio coverage is available on the UConn/IMG Radio Network and the Westwood One Radio Network.
UConn (37-0) advanced to its fourth consecutive national championship game after beating Oregon State, 80-51, in the first of two national semifinal games on Sunday night. Senior forward Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) led the way with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including connecting on a career-high four three-pointers. Seniors Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) also tallied double figures in scoring with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The Huskies sport a perfect 10-0 all-time record in NCAA title games, including wins in the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns. Last season, the Huskies defeated Notre Dame, 79-58, in Tampa, Fla. to clinch the 2015 national crown.
UConn and Syracuse have a storied history that dates back to the 1980-81 season and includes 49 matchups. The Huskies are 37-12 all-time versus the Orange and have won 23-straight games against their former Big East rival. Connecticut has won 31 consecutive games against ACC teams, going back to the 2006-07 campaign.
In total, UConn has won 23-straight NCAA Tournament contests. During the winning streak, Stewart has scored double figures in 20 contests and is averaging 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds for her career in the national tournament.
The game will mark the end of the collegiate careers of Briana Pulido, Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck. Pulido joined the team as a walk on prior to the 2012-13 season and has played in 86 games, scoring 21 points and grabbing 22 boards while handing out eight assists. The only player to ever be named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player three times, Stewart is UConn’s all-time blocks leader with 412 rejections and stands second on the all-time scoring list with 2,652 points. Jefferson moved ahead of Diana Taurasi to become the program’s all-time leader in assists after her seven helpers on Sunday night brought her career total to 654. The Glenn Heights, Texas native also checks in at No. 2 on UConn’s all-time steals list (352). Tuck became the 41st member of UConn’s 1,000-point club on a second-half free throw in the Huskies’ win over Maryland on Dec. 28.
The senior trio of Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck have been a part of one of the most successful four-year spans in women’s basketball history. The tandem has combined to win 150 games since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, which is tied for the most in NCAA history. UConn owns the top eight four-year stretches in the history of the sport.
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