K-State women ready for chance at UConn in NCAAs

DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Published:

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Deb Patterson and Kansas State will finally get their chance to play Connecticut.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats will face the No. 1 seed Huskies in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament Monday night.

It will be the first meeting between the two schools despite Kansas State being in UConn's draw five times in the past 11 years.

Kansas State (20-13) lost in the first round last season in Storrs to Purdue, blowing a chance to play against UConn.

The Wildcats survived a tough test from Princeton in the opening round Saturday, beating the Tigers 67-64. Senior Branshea Brown had a career-high 22 points to lead Kansas State. The Wildcats have made the NCAAs six times since advancing to the regional semifinals in 2002 and haven't been able to win more than one game.

The Huskies (30-4) are seeking their 19th straight trip to the regionals.