For the UConn women's basketball team the mandate is simple: return to the top of the mountain.
A year after losing in the Final Four for the first time since 2012, coach Geno Auriemma and Co. begin their path toward the promised land on Saturday at home, when the Huskies take on No. 16-seed St. Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament at 11 a.m. at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
For the first time in five years, the Huskies enter the tournament not looking to repeat as champions but rather looking to steal the trophy back from South Carolina, which snapped UConn's four-year run as national champion last season.
The Huskies once again are the No. 1 overall seed and have yet another first-round matchup with the Red Flash, a team UConn beat in the tournament-openers in 1999 and 2002.
The Huskies know they enter the tournament with a massive target on their backs despite losing in the Final Four last season to Mississippi State. << Read more
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