As the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s first American Athletic Conference tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena, UConn will play the winner of Friday’s 8-9 first-round game between Cincinnati and Central Florida in the quarterfinals.
UConn’s quarterfinal will be played at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday. Their possible semifinal game will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
Should UConn make it to the championship game, it will be played Monday at 7 p.m.
All tournament games until the semifinals will be televised on ESPN3, which is the network’s internet access platform. The semifinals will be on ESPNU. The championship game is on ESPN.
The complete seeding for the tournament will be official until later Tuesday morning. The UCF-SMU women’s basketball game, originally scheduled for Monday in Dallas, has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. Due to inclement weather in the Dallas area, SMU was unable to return home following Saturday’s game at USF.
SMU (16-12, 7-10) enters the matchup tied with Temple in league standings. UCF (10-18, 3-14) has clinched the No. 9 seed at the upcoming American Women’s Basketball Championship.
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After Saturday’s win against Rutgers, Geno Auriemma said someone in high places expressed doubt the coach would let Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis play a lot in her first game back from mononucleosis.
“I think it was Warde [Manuel, UConn's AD] who said, ‘What do you think you are going to get out of Kaleena today?’ I said ‘I am going to start her and hope to play her 40 minutes.’ He said ‘No way, the first time she doesn’t make it up the court you are going to take her out.’ I said ‘no I’m not. I am going to play her for as long as I can to get her back into game mode.”
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with seven points (on 3 of 10 shooting), three rebounds and three assists.
“It feel really good,” Mosqueda-Lewis said after scoring 13 points, all in the first half, with 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The Cardinals had their chance to honor their seniors Monday, saying goodbye to Shoni Schimmel, Tia Gibbs, Asia and Antonia Slaughter. Of course, like UConn’s players who will play two NCAA games at Gampel, Louisville’s crew is scheduled to play possible third- and fourth-round tournament games at home.
Among the fans at the game were several thousand from Native American tribes in 38 states who were there to honor Schimmel and her younger sister Jude, a Louisville junior guard.
Both are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in Oregon. Shoni Schimmel has told reporters in Louisville that she’s received social media messages from fans who were traveling to the game from as far away as Alaska.
Gibbs, a fifth-year senior, missed last season with a hip injury. Slaughter has recovered from a potential life-threatening illness in December when she was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung after collapsing on the bench during a game against Missouri State. She was cleared to return in January.
“We all have one goal,” Slaughter told the Associated Press. “And that is to make it to the national championship (game) and compete for that.”
While the Louisville seniors were being honored, Auriemma kept his team on the floor in a sign of respect.
Not only is Stefanie Dolson now just the fifth player in UConn history with at least 1,000 rebounds, she needed just one assist Monday to become the first post player in program history with consecutive seasons of 100 assists. She had six. … Speaking of Dolson, Stephanie White, the analyst on the ESPN2 telecast Monday, is an assistant coach to Lin Dunn with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. The Fever might take a shot at Dolson with the fifth pick in the first round is she is still on the board. … Breanna Stewart, who scored 22 points, came into the game averaging 19.4 points. It’s the highest scoring average at UConn since Kerry Bascom averaged 22.6 in 1988-89 … The Huskies out-rebounded Louisville, 47-30 (19-6 on the offensive boards) and had 15 second-chance points … Saniya Chong (two minutes) and Brianna Banks (one) did not get into the game until the end. Bria Hartley played 39 minutes, Stewart and Dolson 38 each.