UConn women ready for NCAA tournament

By Doug Feinberg

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 16 2012 2:21 p.m. MDT

From the left, Connecticut's Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Michala Johnson and Kelly Faris enter the court for practice in Bridgeport, Conn., Friday, March 16, 2012. Connecticut plays Prairie View A&M in an NCAA tournament first-round women's college basketball game on Saturday.

Jessica Hill, Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies are raring to go after being off for 10 days.

The top-seeded Huskies open up their NCAA tournament Saturday against No. 16 Prairie View A&M. Eighth-seeded Kansas State will face No. 9 Princeton in the first game of the doubleheader.

After struggling through the latter part of the regular season with losses in their final two home games, UConn rallied to win the Big East tournament. The Huskies topped Notre Dame in the championship game, earning Geno Auriemma his 800th career victory. The Hall of Fame coach became the fastest to reach that milestone.

The time off allowed senior guard Tiffany Hayes to rest a stress reaction in her right foot. She wasn't able to practice the first few days, but returned Thursday.

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