The Idaho women's basketball team will play No. 1 seed Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2). The game is in Storrs, Conn. Idaho is a No. 16 seed.
Idaho (17-15) won the WAC Tournament last week in Las Vegas to earn the league's automatic berth.
It is the first NCAA Tournament bid for the program since 1985, when the Vandals fell in the first round at USC 74-51.
UConn (29-4), a perennial power in women's basketball, hasn't lost a first-round matchup since falling to Louisville in 1993. The Huskies are looking for a record sixth consecutive trip to the Final Four and an eighth national title.
"I've seen them play on TV, that's for sure," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "I know they're big and physical and athletic, and they can shoot. Obviously we're going to have to bring our best effort out there to Storrs on Saturday."
IDAHO STATE SELECTED FOR WNIT
Idaho State will face BYU on Wednesday in Provo, Utah. The Bengals are making their fourth appearance at the WNIT and first since 2008, when they lost to Boise State 77-54 in the first round. ISU was also selected to compete in the tournament in 2004 and 2006.