UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky-Delaware game set for noon Saturday

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell talked to his team in the first half against Dayton.
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell talked to his team in the first half against Dayton. Associated Press

The University of Kentucky women's basketball team will play the first game of the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 on Saturday.

Kentucky, the No. 2 seed in the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional will tip off against No. 6 seed Delaware at noon.

The game will be televised nationally by ESPN from Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

The second semifinal in Bridgeport, between No. 4 seed Maryland and No. 1 seed Connecticut, takes place after the UK-Delaware game.

The winners of the two games meet Monday night for a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans.

Kentucky and Delaware have met once previously, an 86-70 Blue Hens victory on Nov. 24, 2006, at the Odwalla Classic in San Francisco.

Delaware (32-3) takes a 27-game winning streak into Saturday's game. The Blue Hens, led by 6-foot-5 national player of the year candidate Elena Delle Donne, are making their first appearance in the NCAA's Sweet 16.

Kentucky (29-5) will be playing in its third Sweet 16 in the past four years. The Wildcats counter Delle Donne with Southeastern Conference Player of the Year A'dia Mathies, who matched her career high by scoring 34 points in Kentucky's 84-70 win over Dayton on Tuesday night.

■ Louisville also advanced to the Sweet 16 on Tuesday night. Next up for the Cardinals is a date with defending national champion Baylor. That matchup is the final game of the Sweet 16 round, Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City.



Bridgeport Regional

Noon — No. 6 Delaware (32-3) vs. No. 2 Kentucky (29-5), ESPN

2:30 p.m. — No. 4 Maryland (26-7) vs. No. 1 Connecticut (31-4), ESPN

Spokane Regional

9 p.m. — No. 4 Georgia (27-6) vs. No. 1 Stanford (33-2), ESPN

11:30 p.m. — No. 6 LSU (22-11) vs. No. 2 California (30-3), ESPN2


Norfolk Regional

Noon — No. 12 Kansas (20-13) vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (33-1), ESPN

2:30 p.m. — No. 6 Nebraska (25-8) vs. No. 2 Duke (32-2), ESPN2

Oklahoma City Regional

4:30 p.m. — No. 6 Oklahoma (24-10) vs. No. 2 Tennessee (26-7), ESPN2

6:30 p.m. — No. 5 Louisville (26-8) vs. No. 1 Baylor (34-1), ESPN2