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Field Is Set For Women’s NCAA Regional Matchups In Albany

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The field is set for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional matchups taking place at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY this weekend. UConn, Texas, Louisville and Dayton have all advanced to the Sweet 16 and will compete for the chance to go to the Final Four. The event is co-hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Siena College.

No. 1 UConn will face No. 5 Texas in the first of two games to be held this Saturday, March 28. Tip off is scheduled for noon. No. 3 Louisville will then take on No. 7 Dayton at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN. The winners will move on to play on Monday at 7 p.m., also at the Times Union Center to determine the Regional Championship and a trip to the Final Four in Tampa, Florida.

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UConn Huskies

American Athletic Conference: Latest RPI Ranking 5

Head Coach: Gino Auriemma 30th season (912-134), 9 national titles, 15 Final Fours, 5 perfect seasons and 41 Conference titles.

No. 1 UConn advanced to the regional semifinals by beating No. 16 St. Francis Brooklyn 89-33 in their first round matchup and then taking care of No. 8 Rutgers 91-55 on Monday night. They are now 34-1 on the season with their only blemish coming to Stanford on Nov. 17, a 88-86 loss in overtime. They have since gone on to win 33 straight games and have now won 79 of their last 80 contests. The Huskies are ranked 1st in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

The Huskies advance to the NCAA Tournament’s regional semifinals for the 22nd consecutive season. They are in search of their 10th national championship and third in row and are now 99-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. They were a perfect 18-0 in the American Athletic Conference this season.

As a team UConn averages 89.7 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 47.5 points. All five Huskies starters average in double figures.

UConn is led by 6-4 junior forward Breanna Stewart averages team-highs of 17.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She was selected as one of four finalists for the 2015 Naismith Trophy on Friday. Stewart was named this season’s American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is likely to be named the national player of the year for the second consecutive season.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, a 5-11 senior guard/forward is an All-AAC First team selection who averages 15.0 points per game. A 2,000 point scorer, she leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (50.2%). Mosqueda-Lewis was named to the Naismith Trophy Mid-Season Top-30 and Wooden Award Top-20 Lists

Morgan Tuck, a 6-2 R-sophomore forward is also an American Athletic Conference First Teamer. She ranks 4th nationally in field goal percentage (60.6%) and averages 14.0 points per game.

Moriah Jefferson is a 5-7 junior guard who was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the top point guard in the nation. An AAC First Team selection and AAC Most Improved Player of the Year, she averages 12.0 points and 4.8 assists per game.

Kia Nurse is a 6-0 freshman guard who averages 10.5 points per game. A member of the Canadian Senior National Team, she was named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and an All-AAC Third Team selection.

UConn’s roster also includes the 2015 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and AAC Second teamer, 6-3 senior center Kia Stokes and an AAC Sixth Player of the Year and AAC All-Freshmen Team selection, 5-11  guard Gabby Williams.

 

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Texas Longhorns

Big 12 Conference: Latest RPI Ranking 21

Head Coach: Karen Aston 3rd season (58-40), 2nd NCAA appearance with Texas, 1 previous as head coach at Charlotte.

Texas, the Albany Region’s No. 5 seed, advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 66-64 win over No. 12 Western Kentucky in the First Round and a 73-70 victory over No. 4 California in the Round of 32. They enter Saturday’s game with a record of 24-10. The Longhorns finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big 12 Conference with a record of 9-9.

The Longhorns will be making an NCAA Championship Sweet 16 appearance for the first time since 2004. It is their 12th Regional Semifinal (Sweet 16) appearance in program history. Texas has one National Championship (1986) and has advanced to the Final Four three times, in 1986, 1987 and 2003.

Texas began season 4-8 but are hot as of late winning 9 of their last 11 games. They have battled injuries all season long with two players being lost to season-ending injuries and other key payers missing significant time as well. They have used 12 different starting lineups this season.

Nneka Enemkpali 6-1 senior forward was the teams leading scorer and rebounder averaging 12.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 19. Sophomore forward Nekia Jones (5.4 ppg.) is also out for the season with a left knee injury.

Imani McGee-Stafford is a 6-7 junior center who is averaging 10.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. After sitting out the first 8 games of the season following leg surgery, she went on to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team. McGee-Stafford has 5 double-doubles in the last 7 games.

Kelsey Lang, a 6-5 sophomore center is the Longhorn’s leading active player in scoring with 10.7 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds. She is an All-Big 12 Second Team selection.

Ariel Atkins is a 5-11 freshman guard who is averaging 9.7 points per game. She was named to the 2015 Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Atkins missed 8 games earlier this season with an ankle injury.

In the last 9 games, the Texas bench had outscored the opponent’s bench by an average of 20.7 points per game.

 

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Louisville Cardinals

Atlantic Coast Conference: Latest RPI Ranking 7

Head Coach: Jeff Walz 8th season (208-76) , 20-6 in NCAA Tournament games. (2 Final Fours, 5 Sweet 16s)

Louisville, the Albany Region’s No. 3 seed, advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 86-53 win over No. 14 BYU in the First Round and a 60-52 victory over No. 6 South Florida in the Round of 32. They enter Saturday’s game with a record of 27-6 and are ranked 8th in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cardinals finished in 3rd place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a record of 12-4.

Louisville is making its sixth overall and third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. The Cardinals have had success previously in advancing when a No. 3 seed, reaching the championship game in 2009 and the Elite Eight last year. They hold an NCAA Record of 24-17 all-time (18th appearance). The Cardinals advanced to the Elite Eight in 2014 and were twice the NCAA Runner-Up (2009, 2013).

Mariya Moore is a 6-0 freshman forward averaging 13.5 points per game. She was named to both the All-ACC Second Team and the All-ACC Freshman Team (Blue Ribbon Panel and Coaches).

Myisha Hines-Allen, 6-2 freshman forward averages 11.8 points per game. She was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team (Coaches).

Moore has now scored in double figures 25 times and Hines-Allen 20 times this season. They are the only freshman duo in the current AP Top 20 to be their team’s top 2 scorers.

Sara Hammond is a 6-2 senior forward averaging 10.5 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game. She was an All-ACC Second Team selection(Coaches).

Louisville is the only AP Top 10 team without at least one all-conference first team selection.

The Cardinals have found great success this season scoring inside averaging nearly 40 points in the paint per game. They have scored at least 40 in the paint 15 times this year.

 

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Dayton Flyers

Atlantic-10 Conference: Latest RPI Ranking 13

Head Coach: Jim Jabir 12th season (237-139), 8th NCAA appearance, 1st Sweet 16.

Note: Jabir was the Siena Head Coach for three seasons (1987-1990).

Dayton, the Albany Region’s No. 7 seed started off the NCAA Tournament with a 78-66 win over No. 10 Iowa State and advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 99-94 victory over No.2 seed and 11th ranked Kentucky. They come to Albany with an overall record of 27-6 and finished in 2nd place in the Atlantic-10 Conference with a 14-2 record.

The Flyers are making their 6th straight appearance and earned their 5th at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. They hold a record of 4-5 in tournament games. This is their first appearance in program history in the Sweet 16.

UD has three active 1,000-point scorers in seniors Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott along with with junior Amber Deane.The senior duo of Hoover and Malott is the winningest four-year class in program history with 101 career wins over 125 games.

The Flyers are led by 5-9 senior guard Andrea Hoover who averages 17.3 points and 6.4 points per game. All Atlantic-10 First Team selection, she set a new UD career record for made three-point baskets (235).

Ally Malott is a 6-4 senior forward who is averaging 15.7 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. She is also an All Atlantic-10 First Team pick.

Amber Deane, a 5-9 junior guard is third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per contest. She was named the Atlantic 10’s Sixth Woman of the Year for 2014-2015.

Dayton has won 10 of their last 11 games and 18 of their last 20 heading into Saturday’s matchup with Louisville.

 

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