Coach Geno Auriemma is hard pressed to remember a harder regional than the one his UConn team will face this weekend in Bridgeport.
The Huskies open up in the semifinals against Maryland on Sunday. Second-seeded Kentucky will face Elena Delle Donne and No. 6 Delaware in the other game.
UConn has won 41 of its last 42 NCAA tournament games in its home state. The lone blemish came against Duke in 2006 in the regional final. That game was also played in Bridgeport.
If Delaware and UConn do make it through, it would set up an intriguing finals matchup. Delle Donne originally signed with UConn before abruptly leaving after a short stay to return home to Delaware.
Delle Donne is one of three reigning conference players of the year still around in Bridgeport. It may surprise many fans to learn UConn is the only team that doesn't have one.