BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- In their three seasons with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, the Huskies have not lost a game that Kia Nurse has started nor one that Gabby Williams has played in.
But with a career mark of 111-1 and through two national championship runs, the UConn juniors know to take nothing for granted.
So while the numbers favor the top-seeded Huskies in their NCAA tournament Bridgeport Regional final showdown with No. 10 Oregon at Webster Bank Arena Monday night, the only numbers that matter will be the ones on the scoreboard after 40 minutes of action.
"The fact that you get to go to a Final Four doesn't happen every single year," Nurse said. "I could go to the Final Four this year, and it could be my last one. Last year's could be the last one that I ever go to.
"We're fortunate enough to be in the situation where we have the opportunity to do it. We just need to play a great game to make that a reality."
UConn (35-0 and winner of 110 straight) is making its 12th consecutive appearance in the regional final and is seeking its record 10th straight Final Four berth. No one else has been to more than five in a row. The Huskies are the only national semifinalist from 2016 still alive. Oregon (23-13) is in the Elite Eight for the first time.
In its 29 NCAA appearances, UConn has never lost to a double-digit seed and it has won 39 consecutive postseason games. It has lost to one unranked team -- St. John's in 2012 -- the last 13 seasons.
And if the Ducks score one more point than the Huskies do Monday night, none of that matters.
"They're a dynasty that's been built over many years," Oregon guard Lexi Bando said. "You can't think about it too much. You can't go in scared because it says 'UConn' on their jersey. Yes, they're very, very good. But you have to look at it as another game.
"It's definitely going to be a challenge. They're kind of an experienced team and they're coached well. But we're a dangerous team because we're playing so loose and we don't know any better. It will be fun and I can't wait."
The Ducks have already eliminated No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and third-seeded Maryland here, doing it with stunning ease. A win Monday night and they would be the first double-digit seed to reach the Final Four and the first to oust a regional's top three seeds since Minnesota turned the trick to get to the 2004 national semifinals.
They would also join their men's team, which reached its first Final Four since 1939 Saturday, on their game's biggest stages.
Of course, UConn is UConn and it will have a partisan sellout crowd behind it.
"If we were to beat them it would be the greatest upset in history," Bando said. "Honestly, that's what you strive to be like, you strive to be like UConn. Everybody wants that success and they work hard for what they get. They play so hard and I think that's the difference between them and other teams. They play a full 40 minutes hard."
The Huskies won the only two games they have played against the Ducks by 44 and 46 points, but no current Oregon player was on its roster when they last played when senior Saniya Chong was a freshman.
Neither was third-year coach Kelly Graves, who has brought the Ducks into the national spotlight in just his third season.
"People can play with them for a time, but can they play with them for 40 minutes?" Graves said. "And that's the challenge we have ahead of us. Things are going to go wrong. We've got to lift our heads up and fight through it and continue to fight and this team has shown that kind of resilience.
"I'm not going to sit here and just say we're happy to be here. We are happy to be here, but I have a really good basketball team and I have a basketball team who believes in themselves and in each other. So we're excited for the opportunity."
Oregon starts three seniors including guard Sabrina Ionescu, who has recorded four triple-doubles this season, and center Ruthy Hebard, the leading scorer and rebounder. Bando is one of the top 3-point shooters in the country.
"We hear we're a young team every day, but Coach tells us that we're not, we're not freshmen anymore after 30 games," Hebard said. "We just want to go out and play. We're all just ball players, no matter what age you are. That's big for us."
The Ducks held Maryland to 63 points on Saturday, 27 under its average, and forced 21 Terrapins turnovers.
This is a team that finished sixth in the Pac-12 with an 8-10 record and probably needed an upset of Washington in the Pac-12 tournament to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA field.
"They are really talented, and they are playing probably more fearless than anyone else in the country," UConn guard Katie Lou Samuelson said. "They are all playing really free. That's why they have been successful enough to get this far and why they are playing their best basketball."
What UConn would like to do is put pressure on the Ducks at both ends of the floor.
"We have to come out and throw the first punch and make sure that we are imposing our will on the game right from the start," Nurse said. "Trying to slow them down is difficult because those guards make great plays in transition. That is when open threes and open layups can kill you. We have to defensively remain on the same page and remain engaged."
In the Huskies' 86-71 win over No. 4 UCLA Saturday, they fell into a 9-2 hole to match their largest deficit of the season before getting on track with a 17-2 run. But the Bruins never went away and coach Geno Auriemma used only six players.
UConn and Oregon have three common opponents -- Maryland, Temple, and UCLA. The Huskies went 4-0 against the group while the Ducks were 3-1 with the loss at Pauley Pavilion.
No changes to the Huskies' lineup will be made Monday night. They will go with what got them here.
The UConn-Oregon winner will face Oklahoma City Regional champion Mississippi State, which ousted Baylor in overtime Sunday night, in the national semifinals Friday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"I know the players are excited about it, and it's good that we're playing a team that we've not played and don't know that much about," Auriemma said. "It should be fun. We're looking forward to it."