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BYU Plays No. 1 UConn Saturday in NCAA Tournament With a Trip to the Elite 8 on the Line

March 26, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - BYU will represent the West Coast Conference in the Sweet-16 round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The No. 12 Cougars opened play with a 72-57 upset win against No. 5 NC State and then dispatched No. 4 Nebraska 80-76 for the program's second Sweet-16 berth. BYU will tackle UConn Saturday, March 29 in Lincoln, Neb. It marks the fourth time in five years a WCC team has advanced to the third round. Meanwhile in the WNIT Postseason, San Diego defeated Cal Poly (82-59) and Montana (60-57) to reach the round of 16. The Toreros play at Washington (19-13) Wednesday, March 26. 


  • No. 12 BYU rolls into the NCAA Sweet-16 after defeating No. 5 NC State (72-57) and No. 4 Nebraska (80-76).
  • BYU is the third 12-seed in the history of the women's Division I tournament to advance to the Sweet-16. WCC member San Francisco accomplished the feat first in 1996 (defeating Florida and Duke) and Kansas advanced last season.
  • When San Francisco advanced to the 1996 Sweet-16 as a 12-seed, it played UConn. The Huskies are the upcoming opponent for BYU on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight.
  • BYU is the fourth West Coast Conference program in five years to advance to the Sweet-16. Gonzaga advanced to the Sweet-16 in 2010 and 2012 and stormed to the Elite 8 in 2011.
  • BYU is the third West Coast Conference program to advance to the Sweet-16, joining Gonzaga (3- 2010-12) and San Francisco (1-1996). It is the second overall Sweet-16 trip for the Cougars (2002).
  • This is the second time in three years, two WCC teams - Gonzaga and BYU - will compete in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Three WCC teams - Pacific, Saint Mary's and San Diego will compete in the 2014 WNIT Postseason Tournament.
  • San Diego advanced to the 2014 WNIT Sweet-16 with wins vs. Cal Poly (82-59) and at Montana (60-57). The Toreros are 7-3 in four WNIT trips and advanced to the 2012 WNIT Semifinals.
  • Through March 25, WCC teams own a 62.7% (74-44) winning percentage vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for more.
  • BYU's Jennifer Hamsonranks second among active NCAA Division I leaders in career blocked shots (330), seventh in blocks per game (2.75) and is 17th in career field goal percentage (55.3%). Hamson ranks third in WCC career blocks.
    • BYU's Kim Beeston ranks in the top-25 among active Division I leaders in career 3-pointers (23rd/245), good for second place on the WCC career chart.

Wednesday, March 26
San Diego @ Washington (WNIT) - Seattle, Wash. - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, March 29
No. 1 UConn vs. No. 12 BYU - Lincoln, Neb. - 1:30 p.m.

*All times PST