The UConn women’s basketball team is two victories away from a fifth consecutive title and its 12th overall. Can anybody at this year’s Final Four in Dallas beat the Huskies? Here’s a look at the rest of the field.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs are first up against UConn on Friday night. They lost by 60 points to the Huskies last season in the Sweet 16, but UConn coach Geno Auriemma was impressed with what he saw in the Bulldogs’ win over top-seeded Baylor last weekend. “That’s not the same Mississippi State team we played last year here,” Auriemma said.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks got a shot at the Huskies earlier this season. They became UConn’s 100th straight victim on Feb. 13, losing 66-55 in Storrs, Conn. South Carolina led 29-28 late in the first half and was within three midway through the third quarter. That was with center Alaina Coates, who is now injured.
Stanford: The Cardinal remains the last team to beat UConn — 88-86 in overtime on Nov 17, 2014, at Maples Pavilion. The two teams have made up half the Final Four nine times. Stanford has lost three in a row to the Huskies in Final Four meetings (2009, 2010, 2014).
Five things to know about the NCAA tournament
1. This will be the fifth time the NCAA women’s tournament will be held in Texas, most of any state. Austin hosted in 1985 and 1987, and San Antonio hosted in 2002 and 2010.
2. If Stanford and UConn win on Friday, it would create a matchup of the Samuelson sisters. Karlie, far left, is a senior for the Cardinal, and Katie Lou, left, is a sophomore for the Huskies.
3. Speaking of family ties, a father (Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer) and daughter (Mississippi State guard Blair Schaefer) are competing together in a Final Four for the first time.
4. South Carolina became the 13th school to have both its men’s and women’s teams reach the national semifinals in the same season. Only UConn has won both titles in the same season, last doing it in 2014.
5. Saniya Chong, far left, and Tierney Lawlor, left, have been a part of 152 wins at UConn, the most in the history of the NCAA for a senior class. They only have one loss.