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Undefeated UConn women seek sixth NCAA title

Connecticut's quest for the fifth perfect season in NCAA women's basketball history will begin at home.

The 33-0 Huskies, winners of five national championships, earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament last night and will open against Vermont in Storrs. Nine teams have entered the Tournament unbeaten; only four emerged unscathed. UConn and coach Geno Auriemma were the last, in 2002.

The Huskies have an average margin of 31 points. A potential second-round opponent for UConn is former assistant coach Tonya Cardoza and Temple.

Auriemma said he's not worried about the bull's-eye on his team's back.

"We've been dealing with that all year long," he said. "I'm not sitting here thinking about who we're playing in St. Louis. Trust me."

Oklahoma, Maryland, and Duke are the other No. 1 seeds.

The Sooners are in the Oklahoma City regional, the Terrapins are headed to Raleigh, N.C., and the Blue Devils will make the cross-country trek to Berkeley, Calif.

Tennessee also extended its run as the only team to make every NCAA Tournament but earned a No. 5 - its lowest seed ever, guaranteeing a tough road to a third consecutive title.

The Final Four is scheduled for the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 5 and 7.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said she was not surprised her team received a No. 5 seed. The Lady Vols (22-10) also took 10 losses into the tournament in 1997, grabbing a No. 3 seed and winning the title.

The Lady Vols have been a fixture atop the bracket since the first NCAA Tournament in 1982. They've earned a top seed 19 times, a No. 2 seed four times and No. 3 seed three times. Tennessee has advanced to the regional semis every season. This time, it will play Ball State in its opener.

The field went back to 16 first- and second-round sites for the first time since 2004, when it set an attendance record.

Four teams will make their first NCAA appearance: Ball State, Drexel, South Dakota State and Virginia Commonwealth.


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