Indianapolis, IN -- Tomorrow night will be a historic night with whoever gets crowned the champions. The University of Connecticut Huskies will be appearing in their fourth consecutive championship game with a chance to be the first team who has won four titles in a row.
The Syracuse Orange are hoping to have the biggest upset of the year in their first national championship appearance by beating the Huskies.
Both teams started their Final Four games with a 5-0 run to initiate their lead, both teams scored 80 points thanks to their pressure and lock down defense, as well as UConn and Syracuse getting significant play from everyone who stepped on the court. The championship game brings together two teams coming in it fired up.
The Huskies will look to use their experience in this position to get their fourth consecutive title - first in NCAA history if they win - and Syracuse will use their youthful energy and enthusiasm to take down the undefeated Huskies. The Orange did take down the one-seeded South Carolina in their region en route to where they are now.
UConn last time out
Sunday night the Huskies played against the 2-seeded Oregon State in the Final Four. The Huskies jumped out on the Beavers early in the game with their experience of playing on the big stage of the Final Four. The Beavers fought to get back in the game, but UConn was too dominating and continued to overpower them.
Morgan Tuck had a phenomenal game especially in the first quarter where she scored 13 of her 21 points. Everyone who stepped on the court chipped in, especially on the defensive end as the team held the Beavers to 33.3 percent on an 18-of-54 on the night.
The Huskies locked down the paint only allowing 10 points come from there. There was no dropped off when players came in off the bench for the Huskies.
Going into Tuesday's game, UConn will be without Katie Lou Samuelson, who broke a bone in her left foot returning to the bench in a boot.
UConn associate head coach, Chris Dailey spoke on how they will adjust not having her, "We don't really know yet. Obviously, someone who shoots as well as her will be missed. Somebody will step up in her place. A senior might have to do a little bit more. There will be someone to step up for Lou for us; we have to have someone fill in there."
Her three-point shooting will be missed against Syracuse as they play a heavy zone. The Huskies will have to prepare for 40 minutes of pressure defense from the Orange and a smothering match-up zone.
Syracuse last time out
In their program's first appearance in the Final Four, the Syracuse Orange beat the University of Washington Huskies 80-59. From the tip-off, the Orange progressively continued to create a lead.
They never let up their defensive intensity as they continued to turn Washington over (18 on the night) left and right creating offense from their defense. They also overpowered on the boards having an advantage of 46-28.
Syracuse was able to get points out of everybody who stepped on the court getting 23 from their reserve players. Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes contributed 18 and 17 points, respectfully. Brianna Butler was hot once again from long range as she broke an NCAA record of most three-point field goals in a season with 128 (previously was 127).
The Orange will be the lowest seed to play in the National Championship game since Louisville in 2013 as a five-seed. Syracuse will have a big challenge waiting for them Tuesday, yet it is one they are eager to face knowing all year they have competed to be in this position.
Senior guard Cornelia Fondren is confident their competitive mindset will help, "A lot of one seeds went down, a lot of good teams that didn't expect to went down already. If we go out there and compete I think that's what any team is doing at this point is compete, and we will be fine if we do that."
UConn and Syracuse are set to tip-off at 8:30 p.m EST on ESPN Tuesday night.