After crushing the Robert Morris Colonials on Saturday, the No. 1 UConn Huskies women's basketball team will host the No. 9 seed Duquesne Dukes in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Gampel Pavilion tonight. Katie Lou Samuelson led the six Huskies in double figures with 22 points.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Dave O'Brien, fresh off calling the Boston Red Sox in Florida yesterday and Saturday's UConn women's' game, has the play-by-play with Doris Burke as the color analyst.
Of course, if you can't watch the broadcast, you can always listen to Bob Joyce and Wayne Norman on the UConn IMG Radio Network.
It is the final home game for Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson. It also could be the last one for Morgan Tuck as well but we won't know until after the season when she decides about her future at UConn. The trio has won 32 consecutive games at Gampel Pavilion and holds a 34-1 career overall record in its on-campus home.
In four years, the seniors are 146-5 overall and if they win their fourth consecutive national championship they'll leave as the winningest senior class in UConn history. Right now that distinction goes to the class of 2011 with Maya Moore and Lorin Dixon's 150 wins.
Jefferson has to chance to move up on the all-time assists and steals list. Right now, Mo sits at 627 assists and needs just five to tie Renee Montgomery (623). A ten assist night would tie Jefferson with former Husky and current Univeristy of Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Jefferson is also six assists away from passing Rizzotti for second place in steals.
UConn and Duquesne have met one time. That came back in 1995 when the Huskies beat the Dukes 88-60 to win the Hartford Courant Classic.
Saturday's 97-76 victory over Seton Hall was the first NCAA Tournament win for Duquesne's program. They became the first Atlantic 10 team to win a tournament game since St. Bonaventure in 2012.
The Dukes are led in scoring by April Robinson and Deva'Nyar Workman with 14.8 and 14.2 points per game respectively. Amadea Szamosi and Kadri-Ann Lass are also double-digit scorers with 11.8 and 11.2 points per game.
Duquesne likes to play fast, preferring to shoot with more than 20 seconds left on the shot clock. They also like to shoot the three ball, having attempted 736 on the season. By comparison, UConn has shot 682 three pointers. Robinson leads the Dukes with 235 three-point shot attempts. She's made 70 of them. The Huskies' leader in three-point attempts is Katie Lou who has 180, making 71.
The winner of this game advances to Sweet 16 in the Bridgeport Regional at Webster Bank Arena and will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs next Saturday with the time to be determined.