A Look At Kentucky-UConn

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KENTUCKY vs. UCONN

Site: Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Ct.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce, Debbie Fiske)

Series history: UConn, 3-1

Last meeting: UConn, 80-65, March  27, 2012, Kingston, R.I.

Streaks:  UConn, W3; Kentucky W3

KENTUCKY (30-5)

1 A’DIA MATHIES, G, 5-9, Sr., 16.1 – One of five players in school history (men or women) with 2,000 points.

13 BRIA GOSS, G, 5-10, So., 8.9 – Averaging 9.2 points in last 13 games

32 KASTINE EVANS, G, 5-8, Jr., 4.3 – Former Connecticut Player of the Year at Norwich Free Academy

23 SAMARIE WALKER, F, 6-1, Jr., 8.9 – Transferred from UConn in January 2011; UK leader in steals (290).

11 DeNESHA STALLWORTH, C, 6-3, Jr, 12.6 – Averaging 12.0 points in three NCAA games.

0 JENNIFER O’NEILL, G, 5-6, So., 10.8 – Made four three-pointers vs. Delaware in Sweet 16

UCONN (32-4)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 3.4 – Played just four minutes in Sweet 16 game

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 17.7 – UConn’s single-season  leader in three-point field goals (109)

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 14.1 – Playing with stress fracture in foot; all eight career three-pointers this season

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.0 – Fourth Husky to ever start more than 100 games straight (112); played in 151 straight games.

3 MORGAN TUCK, F, 6-2, Fr., 6.5 – Scored a career-high 18 points vs. Idaho in first round

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 8.9 – Just 5 points (1-of-4) in 21 minutes vs. Maryland

30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, Fr., 12.8 – Has scored 82 points in her last five games.

4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 4.7 – Played a strong 26 minutes against Maryland in Sweet 16

What to watch for

Rematch of Last Season

This is the second straight season UConn and Kentucky will meet in the Elite 8. The Huskies advanced to the Final Four in Denver last season with a win over the Wildcats. … This will be Kentucky’s third Elite Eight in the last four seasons and fourth overall … UConn is after its sixth straight Final Four and eighth national championship.

Veteran Influence

Mathies scored 16 points against Delaware in the semifinals to reach 2,000 career points. She is first Wildcat women since Valerie Still to score that many. Still had 2,763 points from 1979-83 … UConn was led by its freshmen against Maryland, particularly Stewart and Jefferson who control the pace against a physical Maryland.

Tradition

This is the eighth straight season that UConn will play in the Elite Eight. They have lost this game just twice in 21 appearances. The Huskies are also 44-4 in NCAA Tournament games played in Connecticut. … UConn’s margin of victory in its three NCAA wins this season is 42.3.

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6 thoughts on “A Look At Kentucky-UConn

  1. mike mcmanus

    KY lives and dies with it’s high-pressure defense….it certainly took a toll on DE. I can’t remember ever seeing so many ‘held balls’ in the first half. If Jefferson can control the ball like she did against MD, UCONN should beat them handily. However,if they start throwing the ball away like Bria has had a tendency to do when she tries to play too fast, the game could be a challenge. I was impressed with the few turnovers against MD; UCONN is a totally different team when they play smart like that. I am concerned about the physical condition of Dolson and MKL, both who were hurting yesterday….we need them at least on a part-time basis. And I hope the Geno plays Stokes for more than 4 minutes so that she at least gets a decent chance to prove her worth. Stanford’s loss was a shocker; regardless of their size and talent, Tara can’t seem to produce a winner. Pay attention future recruits!!

    1. Hey Mikey

      Jordin Canada already paid attention to Stanford’s overloaded bench and Tara not winning a NC in 20 years ;-)

  2. Führer und Storrskanzler

    Hartley, Doty, Faris, Dolson, and Jefferson have had turnover issues. Some more than others. Many turnovers head scratching what the heck was that. Not going to predict an under/over on UConn turnovers. Because it’s what the opponent does with UConn’s turnovers that matters most. UConn’s defense and offense can overcome their turnovers. But if UConn has one of those rare 12-41 3PT shooting days, Geno will be hanging with Tara.

    1. Bracchus

      The Baylor-Louisville game should be instructive here. A good team with a solid game plan that they can execute is capable of overcoming tremendous odds. In my mind, the better team clearly loss this game. But, the coach, on a strategy of raining threes and stifling Griner, was able to convince his team that they could win.However, Baylor came back from a 16 point deficit and almost pulled it out by finally playing some aggressive defense. The lesson here is that you can never underestimate your opponent.

  3. Mark Gunderman

    The article cites, “They have lost this game just twice in 21 appearances.”

    I believe they have won 19 of 21 Sweet Sixteens. However they have been to 13 Final Fours so they must have lost a few more Elite Eight games.

    Please confirm…

  4. martin fallon

    They’re dancin’ in South Bend and soon one of the divas will say they’re disappointed they won’t get the chance to beat-down Baylor. And if they don’t say it, they’re thinking it. I know, we can’t look past Kentucky, and with our injuries I guess staying vertical one more game is the best we can ask for. And sticking to Geno’s game plan.

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