3/13 UAlbany women to play UConn in NCAA Tourney

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The University at Albany women’s basketball team will face UConn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I was shocked to tell the truth,” UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said.

But some saw it coming.

“It was funny because we were talking about it earlier…We’re, like, ‘No! No way. We’re going to get a 15 seed,’” senior forward Cassandra Edwards said. “Then we saw it, and we’re like, ‘Yep, we jinxed ourselves.’”

The Great Danes are a 16 seed while UConn is a number one seed. The low seed did not sit well with the leader of the team.

“I just feel that we went a little under recognized in the seeding because they were picked the top team in the whole bracket and that means we’re the worst team in the whole bracket?” senior guard Imani Tate wondered.

But how could that be? UAlbany won its sixth straight America East title. Either way, they’re the underdog because the Huskies have won a record four straight national championships and 107 consecutive games.

“I think it’s intimidating up to a point, but other than that, we just have to go out and play basketball,” senior guard/forward Bailey Hixson said.

“If you’re gonna play, you might as well play on the biggest stage, right?” redshirt junior Jessica Fequiere said.

It remains to be seen if UAlbany is going to shock the world and beat UConn, but either way, it will be an experience they will remember forever.


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