Behind Enemy Lines: Connecticut Huskies

Maryland will take on top-seeded Connecticut at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Webster Back Arena in Bridgeport Connecticut. The winner of Saturday's matchup will face second-seeded Kentucky (29-5) or sixth-seeded Delaware (32-3) Monday night. Find out what you need to know about the Huskies here...

Maryland advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 74-49 win over fifth-seed Michigan State at the Comcast Center. ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas is averaging 10.0 ppg, 10.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Tianna Hawkins is playing some of her best basketball of the season averaging 18.2 ppg and 9.8 rebounds.

The Huskies won the first meeting between the schools, 63-48, on Dec. 3 in Hartford, as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Maryland cut the lead to seven in the second half, but struggled down the stretch. Saturday will be the Terps' shot at revenge...

The top-seeded Huskies beat fourth-seeded Vanderbilt 77-44 to advance to their 20th consecutive appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. Not trying to intimidate you with numbers; but UConn has won 22 straight games against ACC opponents dating back to 2007.

No surprise here, Connecticut has dominated its opponents in the Tournament so far, and by dominated I mean they beat Idaho in the First Round by 68 and Vanderbilt in the Second Round by 33. Four of Connecticut's starting five average double-digit points. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is the Huskies' leading scorer with an average of 17.7 ppg, followed by Stefanie Dolson who averages 14.2 ppg. Dolson, who is also Connecticut's leading rebounder only practiced once this week prior to UConn's arrival in Bridgeport. According to head coach Geno Auriemma, Dolson had discomfort in her right ankle and foot. Despite the injury, Dolson has been adamant about playing against the Terps and it looks like she will be in the starting lineup for tip-off. The question is at what strength?

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said she thought her team was playing some of its best basketball of the year after the Terps' downed Michigan State in the Second Round of the tournament. However, a lingering question for Maryland is when will their lack of depth come back to haunt them? So far, the Terps' have been able to survive using a very limited rotation, but against a team with a lot of talent sitting on the bench Maryland needs to avoid getting into foul trouble.

What to expect:
This will be an extremely physical game. In Round 1 earlier this season, Uconn struggled to match Maryland's physicality. Expect the contest to be even more physical with the added incentive of revenge (for Maryland) and the intensity of March.

What is at stake?
Everything. Maryland must survive to advance. The Huskies showed some cracks in their armor against Notre Dame this season. Maybe the Terps' can reopen those wounds tomorrow afternoon.

The game will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. in the Bridgeport, Conn. Regional semifinal. The game will also be available on ESPN2 or ESPN3.

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