Top-seed UConn looks for 25th straight opening-round win

Connecticut's Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse, right, kiss the American Athletic Conference championship trophy.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t take much for granted, but says he’s pretty confident his Huskies can get through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The top seed opens play Saturday morning against Saint Francis (Pa.) (24-9), a team out of the Northeast Conference, which is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance without a win.

UConn (32-0) has its sights set on a 12th national title and fifth in six years. The Huskies are 25-2 in first-round games, haven’t lost in the opening round since 1993 and have won their opening-round games by an average of just over 42 points.

The second game at Gampel Pavilion Saturday will feature another Connecticut team, ninth-seeded Quinnipiac (27-5), who will take on No. 8 Miami (21-10). That is a rematch of Quinnipiac’s second-round upset of the Hurricanes a year ago.

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