“We're going to be the underdog, and that's fine,” Jeff Walz said. “I know we're the 1 seed, but everybody has got -- we're going to be the first 1 seed to lose. The big talk about why in the world was Louisville a 1 seed and UConn not. So we're okay with that.”
At the very beginning of the season I wrote a column about how good I believed the UConn women’s basketball team could be this year. At the time there were many uncertainties surrounding the team: Could the team pick up the defensive slack with the graduation of Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse? How would the team fare with a true freshman in the starting lineup? Who would be the Huskies go-to player?
“We’ve never been to Wichita so that will be kind of neat,” associate head coach Chris Dailey said. “We always look at these longer trips as just an opportunity, just like you would in the NCAA tournament, you have a quick turnaround. You don’t know the area. You might not know the team as well because we’ve only played Wichita State one time.”
The UConn defense keyed in on Duke’s two leading scorers, guards Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell, for the duration of the game. The pair of fifth-year seniors, known as the “Splash Sisters,” were held to a combined 16 points on 6-17 (35 percent) shooting. Brown and Greenwell were responsible for seven of the Blue Devils’ 10 turnovers.
After a record-smashing performance in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round, the UConn women’s basketball team will take on in-state foe Quinnipiac Monday night at Gampel Pavilion for a chance to head to Albany for the Sweet 16. UConn students can visit the athletic ticket office Monday to pick up free tickets to the final home game of the season.
The No. 1 overall Huskies (33-0) smashed several records on their way to a 140-52 win over the No. 16 seed Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash, including a program and NCAA Tournament record for points in a single game, program and NCAA Tournament record for assists in a single game, along with NCAA records for points in a single quarter and points in a single half.