The UConn Huskies women's basketball team looks to keep the train rolling in the Sweet 16 when they take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave O'Brien on the play-by-play, Doris Burke as the color analyst, and Holly Rowe as the sideline reporter. If you can't watch the game, you can always listen to Bob Joyce (play-by-play) and Debbie Fiske (analyst) on the UConn IMG Radio Network.
UConn made it to the Sweet 16 with blowout wins over Robert Morris (101-49) and Duquesne (97-51). Mississippi State advanced to Bridgeport after beating Chattanooga by 10 and then Michigan State, 74-72. This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
The Huskies are 9-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Bridgeport and are looking to get to their 11th straight Elite Eight. Their only loss in Bridgeport came back in 2006 when they fell to Duke in the Elite Eight in overtime. UConn is 51-4 in NCAA Tournament games played in Connecticut.
UConn's seniors, Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, are now 147-5 in their careers at UConn- which is tied for second-best all-time in UConn and NCAA history. Maya Moore and Lorin Dixon were 150-4 in their careers in Storrs.
With four steals, Jefferson could pass Jennifer Rizzotti (349) for second place all-time in UConn history. Nykesha Sales leads with an astounding 447. Jefferson is also four assists away from passing Rizzotti (637) for second place all-time. She'll have a chance to pass the leader, Diana Taurasi (648), as long as the Huskies keep playing.
Vic Shaefer took over the Mississippi State program in 2012 and has had three straight 20-win seasons, including a school-record 28 this season. He came over from Texas A&M where his defense helped the Aggies to a national title in 2011.
The Lady Bulldogs will be one of the taller teams UConn has faced this season. They start three players over six feet tall, including their 6-foot-5 center Chinwe Okorie. They also have a 6-foot-7 backup center in Teaira McCowan.
Sophomore Victoria Vivians leads Mississippi State in scoring with 17.4 points and is the only player on the team averaging double-digits. Point guard Morgan William averages 9.9 points a game. Okorie leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 per game while Vivians pulls down 5.9 rebounds per game.
The winner of this game moves on to the regional finals on Monday night against the winner of Texas vs. UCLA. Tip-off on Monday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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