A Look At Stanford-UConn

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STANFORD vs. UCONN WOMEN
National semifinals
Time: 9 p.m.
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fisk)
Series history: UConn, 9-6
Last meeting: UConn, 76-57, Gampel Pavilion, Nov. 14, 2013
Streaks: UConn W44, Stanford W4
Stanford (33-3)
13 Chiney Ogwumike, F, 6-3, Sr. 26.4 ppg – Likely first pick in the WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun averages 12.1 rebounds, shoots 60.4 percent from the field.
33 Amber Orrange, G, 5-7, Jr. 10.1 – Has 161 assists and just 55 turnovers this season
44 Karlie Samuelson, F, 6-0, Fr. 5.3 – Has two starts, shooting 90.7 percent from free throw line
41 Bonnie Samuelson, F, 6-3, Jr., 7.4 – Leads team with 148 three-point attempts (41.9 percent)
3 Mikaela Ruef, F, 6-3, Sr. 7.1 – Leads team in rebounding (9.4) and has 118 assists
1 Lili Thompson, G, 5-7, Fr., 8.2 – Shooting 41.9 percent from three-point line

UConn (38-0)
4 Moriah Jefferson, G, 5-7, So. 10.2 ppg – Shooting 58.8 percent from the field; 14 assists, five turnovers in NCAAs
30 Breanna Stewart, F, 6-4, So. 19.4 – Unanimous first-team selection as Associated Press All-American
14 Bria Hartley, G, 5-7, Sr. 16.3 –  Needs 32 points to reach 2,000 in her career
31 Stefanie Dolson, C, 6-5, Sr. 12.4 – Had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in regional final
23 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, F, 6-0, Jr. 13.1 – Most outstanding player of the Lincoln regional
41 Kiah Stokes, C, 6-3, Jr., 4.4 – Had seven rebounds in 15 minutes in regional final
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Great defenders: The Huskies have won their 38 games by an average of 35.0 points. Their margin of victory in seven postseason games, including the American Athletic Conference tournament, is 27.4. … The Huskies are holding all opponents to just 47.3 points and 30.7 shooting. Both are just shy on NCAA records both set by UConn’s 2009-10 team. … Stanford had held its 36 opponents to 59.8 points and 35.3 shooting.
Teammates and rivals: Hartley and Ogwumike were teammates on the 2012 USA Basketball 3×3 gold medalist team in Greece. Ogwumike, who has 26 double-doubles, has led the Cardinal in scoring in 34 of their 36 games this season
Samuelsson connection: Aside from the two Samuelsson sisters already playing for Stanford, the Cardinal (and UConn) – are after the third, Katie Lou,a 6-3 forward in the Class of 2015, a junior at Mater Dei, where Mosqueda-Lewis played.  …
Historical programs: UConn’s 15th Final Four is second most to Tennessee (17) in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history. Stanford is third (12). … Stewart’s 738 points this season are third most in UConn history. She trails Maya Moore’s seasons of 868 (2010-11) and 754 (2008-09).

JOHN ALTAVILLA, jaltavilla@courant.com

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