Uconn vs Towson : Towson women’s Basketball 2019 Receives No. 15 Uconn vs Towson seed in NCAA tournament, will face UConn on Friday. Towson University Towson Tigers pulled off season’s first big Uconn vs Towson upset, defeating UConn 33-18 Thursday night at Rentschler Field in East summary of the Towson Tigers vs UConn Huskies basketball game.
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The Huskies have won 25 consecutive first-round games by an average of 48.8 points per game with their last loss being to Louisville in 1993. They have also won 25 consecutive second-round games including 19 in a row by at least 15 points or an average of 32.1 points per game.
Samuelson is expected to play for the first time in five games after sitting out the last four with a back injury suffered on Senior Day. She has scored in double figures in every game this season.Christyn Williams had intended to take a nap before heading over to the Werth Center around 6:30 p.m. Monday to watch the NCAA Selection Show with her teammates.
Those plans were interrupted, though, by UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey.“I just got a call saying, ‘Get to the gym before 5,’ ” Williams, a freshman, said. “We were originally supposed to be here at 6:30. That’s a big difference.”
Williams and her teammates got to watch the tournament reveal together, albeit much earlier than expected after ESPN inadvertently displayed the 64-team bracket on screen in the afternoon.
That surprise was topped by another when they learned their seeding. The Huskies were placed in the Albany (N.Y.) Regional not as a No. 1, but as a No. 2. They will begin their quest for a 12th national championship against No. 15 Towson (20-12) Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.
“One seed, two seed, either way basketball has to be played,” guard Crystal Dangerfield said. “We get a game Friday. If we do well in that one, we get one Sunday.”
UConn (31-2) is No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, but the selection committee placed ACC runner-up Louisville (29-3) as No. 1 in the regional — partly due to the Huskies’ weak American Athletic Conference schedule. It’s the first time since 2006 that UConn is not a No. 1 seed.
“They were our No. 1 two seed,” Committee Chair Rhonda Lundin Bennett explained on ESPN following the broadcast. “So, the things that were deciding factors were strength of schedule, as well as strength of their conference. And our committee watched UConn and … really just thought that playing down the stretch, the teams that made it onto the one line were stronger.”
This is the first season since 2012-13 that UConn has lost more than one game. One of those defeats was a 78-69 setback at Louisville in January.
“We did lose two games. I’m surprised we’re a No. 2. I thought we’d be like a (No.) 4 or 5,” Auriemma said sarcastically. “We’re not in one of those conferences that perennially wins women’s basketball national championships, so we can’t be expected to lose games and, you know, not drop.”
Baylor — which beat UConn 68-57 in January at home — earned the No. 1 overall seed out of the Greensboro (N.C.) Regional. Defending national champion Notre Dame (Chicago) and Mississippi State (Portland, Ore.) also received No. 1 seeds.
When asked whether he thought a weak AAC schedule impacted the Huskies’ seeding, Auriemma said bluntly, “Not if we had gone undefeated, would it. So, if we had won those two games we lost, then we’d be a No. 1 seed, right? Then the strength of our conference wouldn’t mean (crap), would it? There goes that theory.”
The only other team from the AAC to make the tournament was UCF, which received a No. 12 seed. The Knights will play No. 5 Arizona State in the Portland Regional.
Elsewhere in the Albany bracket, Louisville will face No. 16 Robert Morris and No. 3 Maryland will open with No 14 Radford. Rounding out the top five seeds are No. 4 Oregon State facing No. 13 Boise State and No. 5 Gonzaga playing No. 12 Little Rock.