Women’s Basketball: Huskies to begin quest for fourth-straight title Saturday


Moriah Jefferson takes the ball up the court during UConn’s 77-51 victory over USF in the title game of the American Athletic Conference tournament at Mohegan Sun on Monday March 7, 2016. The Huskies will open the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and will take on Robert Morris on Saturday. (Bailey Wright/The Daily Campus)

The UConn women’s basketball team’s quest for a fourth-straight national championship and 11th in program history begins Saturday as they take on No. 16 seed Robert Morris in Storrs at 11 a.m. As the No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport regional and the No. 1 overall seed, UConn will play its Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games at the Arena at Harbor if they are to advance past the first two rounds in Storrs.

Robert Morris takes on the Huskies after winning the Northeast Conference championship, where they defeated top-seeded Sacred Heart 56-51. The Colonials are making their fourth overall NCAA tournament appearance and their first since 2014. A Niki Stamolamprou leads Robert Morris with 13.8 points per game and is the only Colonial in double figures.

Should the Huskies defeat Robert Morris, they will take on the winner of No. 8 Seton Hall and No. 9 Duquesne. Texas is the No. 2 seed in the Bridgeport regional, followed by No, 3 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Michigan State. American Athletic Conference rival USF, who the Huskies have defeated three times already this season, is also in the Bridgeport region as the No. 6 seed.

South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor are the other three No. 1 seeds in the tournament, with Baylor on UConn’s side of the bracket as the fourth No. 1 seed. The Bears are the only No. 1 seed the Huskies have not played and beaten this season.

Other notable opponents include Maryland, the No. 2 seed in Notre Dame’s region. Florida State and DePaul are the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds respectively in Baylor’s region, and Ohio State is the No. 3 seed in South Carolina’s region.

UConn was named the No. 1 overall seed for the third-straight season and 11th time in program history, an NCAA record. It also marked the 10th consecutive season that the Huskies entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed.

Dan Madigan is the associate sports editor for The Daily Campus, covering women’s basketball. He can be reached via email at daniel.madigan@uconn.edu. He tweets @dmad1433.

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