The UConn Huskies women's basketball team now has reached the point of the season where everything matters. Not that it didn't before but now if you lose you go home, in this tournament and then the NCAA Tournament.
This afternoon, the No. 1 seeded UConn women's basketball team will take on the No. 8 seed East Carolina Pirates in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT at 2 p.m.
Today's game is being broadcast on ESPN3 with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Katie Smith (color analyst) on the call. And 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 Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies have won both matchups this season against East Carolina (13-18). UConn won at home 92-46 and then again in Greenville, NC 84-41. Overall, the Huskies are 5-0 against ECU, including a win in a semifinal game of the 2015 AAC Tournament.
UConn finished with their eighth perfect season at 29-0. In the previous seven undefeated seasons, the Huskies have won six national championships.
Breanna Stewart (385) enters today's quarterfinal action needing 11 blocked shots to tie Rebecca Lobo (396) for the all-time lead in UConn history. With six rebounds, Stewie (1,096) will pass her one-time teammate, Stefanie Dolson (1,101), to move into fourth all-time.
Moriah Jefferson has a chance to move up into 24th all-time in scoring with UConn. She's currently nine points behind Kalana Greene's 1,444 career points with 1,435.
Keep your eye on Jada Payne of the Pirates. She had 26 points on Friday to lead her team past Cincinnati. She also reached the 2,000 career point mark in the game. Also watch for I'Tiana Taylor (15 points in the game) and Marina Laramie (10 points, 9 rebounds).
The winner of this game will face the winner of Tulane/Memphis game that is being played at noon today, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.