UConn, Hartford women in NCAAs; BC in NIT

UConn, Hartford women in NCAAs; BC in NIT
March 15, 2011, 6:23 am
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UConn was named one of the four number one seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday. The Huskies will be going for their third straight championship title, which would be their second such stretch under coach Geno Auriemma. He guided his team to three straight championships from 2002-2004. A championship for Auriemma this season would be his seventh, tying him with Tennessee coach Pat Summit.

The Huskies will be hosting in-state foe No. 16 Hartford in the tournament's first round on March 19. The Hawks won the American East Conference to earn their automatic bid to the big dance. They are coached by former UConn player Jen Rizzotti, who helped Auriemma to his first national championship in 1995.

Boston College went 18-15 this season but was left out of the NCAA Tournament field. Instead, the Eagles will compete in the 64-team NIT, traveling to host Yale for their first round matchup with the Bulldogs Thursday.

Yale went 10-4 in the Ivy League, good enough for a second place tie and the league's automatic bid to the NIT. It is their first postseason appearance in more than 30 years.