STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the Albany Region of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, as announced by the NCAA on Monday evening.
The Huskies (32-1) will play their opening round game vs. No. 16 seed and Northeast Conference Tournament Champion Saint Francis Brooklyn at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs on Saturday, March 21 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
No. 8 seed Rutgers will challenge No. 9 seed Seton Hall in Saturday’s other first-round game set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The winners of Saturday’s games will advance to the second-round game on Monday, March 23 at a time to be determined, also in Storrs.
The winner of the second round tilt will advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinal, which will be played at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
Each game of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.
Connecticut owns the sport’s all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play, checking in at 97-17 (.851). The team is making its 27th-straight appearance in the event and has advanced to the Regional Semifinals in each of the last 21 seasons.
The team will enter the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 18th time in program history and the ninth season in-a-row. UConn is 79-9 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including wins in 61 of its last 66 games. Eight of the program’s nine national championships have come when the squad began play as a No. 1 seed.
Husky head coach Geno Auriemma, who was tabbed as The American’s Coach of the Year on March 6, has guided the program to all 97 of its NCAA Tournament wins and will attempt to join former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (112) as the only members of the NCAA Tournament 100-win club.
UConn earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning its second-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.
Tickets for the first and second round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Storrs will begin on Tuesday, March 17.
UConn Club members have an exclusive window to purchase tickets at UConnTickets.com from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while the general public can begin to purchase at 2:00 p.m. Purchasers on UConnTickets.com can choose their own seat and use print at home.
Tickets are priced per session at $20 for adults and $15 for youth and seniors.
Tickets can also be purchased at the UConn Athletic Ticket Office in Storrs or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Parking will be available in the North and South Garages for $5 per car — payable upon entry to the garage.