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Monday, March 18, 2013

Idaho is UConn's first opponent



There were no surprises for UConn as the 2013 NCAA Division I women’s basketball pairings were announced on Monday night.UConn earned a No. 1 seed for the seventh season in a row and 16th overall time and to the surprise of nobody, are on a collision course with Notre Dame if both are able to make it to the Final Four.

The Huskies will open play against Western Athletic Conference tournament champion Idaho, making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, on Saturday. Saint Joseph’s, the Atlantic-10 Conference champion and Vanderbilt out of the Southeastern Conference play in the other first-round game at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday with the winners meeting on Monday night.

It will be a homecoming for Ansonia’s Ashley Prim, a senior guard for Saint Joseph’s. The former Kolbe Cathedral star, who is the daughter of former Southern Connecticut State star Michael Prim, has started 25 games and is averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and is second on the Hawks with 93 assists.
For the second year in a row Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in UConn’s region with North Carolina seeded third and Maryland is the No. 4 seed. Delaware, led by former UConn signee Elena Delle Donne, is the No. 6 seed.

This is the third time in program history that UConn can clinch a Final Four spot without leaving the state of
Connecticut.

In 1995 played its first four games in Storrs en route to winning its first national title. In 2004 the Huskies played subregional in Bridgeport and the regional in Hartford. Once again the Huskies ended that season with a national title.



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