A Look At UConn-St. Joseph’s

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Site: Gampel Pavilion
Time:  Tuesday, 7 p.m.
TV:  ESPNU (Dave O’Brien and Deb Antonelli)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 4-2
Last meeting: UConn, 87-34, Dec. 21, 2003, The Palestra, Philadelphia
Streaks: UConn W41, STJ W1
ST. JOSEPH’S (23-9)
13 Ashley Robinson, F, 6-2, Jr., 6.4 ppg – Recorded personal single-season career scoring and rebounding (5.4) highs
41 Sarah Fairbanks, F, 6-1, So., 12.7 – Team leader in blocked shots (37)
3 Erin Shields, G, 5-6, Sr., 15.0 – Leads team in three-point attempts (228); led the A-10 with 88 makes
4 Natasha Cloud, G, 6-0, Jr., 11.5 – Second nationally in assists (237) per game (7.64)
21 Ciara Andrews, G, 5-9, So., 9.3 – Averaged 14.7 points last six games prior to Sunday’s win
1 llze Gotfrida, F, 6-0, Sr., 8.3 – Has made 23 starts, averages almost 25 minutes
34 Kelsey Berger, F, 5-11, Sr., 6.1 – Shooting 91.2 percent from free throw line.
UCONN (35-0)
4 Moriah Jefferson, G, 5-7, So., 10.1 ppg – Has 174 assists, 93 steals and just 61 turnovers
23 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, F, 6-0, Jr., 12.4 – Is 21-for-22 from free throw line this season
30 Breanna Stewart, F, 6-4, So., 19.7 – The AAC’s Player of the Year also has 111 assists and 96 blocked shots
14 Bria Hartley, G, 5-7, Sr., 16.4 – Leads team with 190 three-point attempts (37.4 percent)
31 Stefanie Dolson, C, 6-5, Sr., 12.3 – Leads team in rebounding (9.1); now has over 1,049 in her career
12 Saniya Chong, G, 5-8, Fr., 5.4 – Played 18 minutes on Sunday, scored nine points on three-pointers.
41 Kiah Stokes, F, 6-4, Jr., 4.7 – Has 84 blocked shots after three in 20 minutes on Sunday
13 Brianna Banks, G, 5-9, Jr., 4.1 – Scoreless in 16 minutes on Sunday
What to watch
Ironic coincidence: A few days after the UConn men opened NCAA play against the St. Joe’s men in Buffalo, their women’s teams will play. This is the first time since 1997 both St. Joe’s programs have simultaneous made it to the NCAAs. A total of 25 schools placed both teams in this year’s tournament.
Longevity: Only Tennessee (33) and Stanford (27) have been to more consecutive NCAA Tournaments than the Huskies. UConn’s 92 wins since 1989 are second only to the Lady Vols, who had 116 prior to Monday’s second round. UConn has made it to 20 straight regional semifinals (Sweet 16) since losing to Louisville in 1993 in the first round
Another milestone: Geno Auriemma, who celebrated his 60th birthday Sunday, is just scant percentage points away from being the all-time winningest coach, in terms of percentage, in the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball. He comes into Tuesday’s game with a record of 874-133 (.8679), just behind former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore (576-87, .8688).
Blocked shots: With as many as five games remaining, the Huskies have a shot at setting an NCAA record for blocks. They now have 287, just 23 shy of Baylor’s mark set with Brittany Griner in 2011-12. … The Huskies have trailed for just 38 minutes, 49 seconds in 1,400 this season.
By JOHN ALTAVILLA / jaltavilla@courant.com

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