Jan. 6, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The top-ranked Huskies will host the University of Houston in American Athletic Conference action on Tuesday evening in Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies (15-0, 3-0 American) and Cougars (4-10, 0-3 American) tipoff the first meeting between the two programs at 7:00pm EST. Live coverage will be provided by SNY, with online streaming available through ESPN3.
Last Two Games
On Saturday the Huskies wrapped up a two-game away set at conference opponents UCF and Memphis. The Huskies rolled to a pair of wins to open the New Year thanks to big points from Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.). Against UCF on New Year's Day, Dolson led the squad in both points and rebounds with 25 points and a dozen boards for her sixth double-double of the season. She would go on to add a seventh double-double game to her year against Memphis on Saturday. Mosqueda-Lewis matched the season-high she set at Duke on her personal-best 7 3-pointers with another 21 point outing against Memphis. She went 7-of-12 from the floor and grabbed a season-high six rebounds for her 23rd career 20-plus game to lead the team. UConn returns to Gampel, where it has won 73 of its last 75 games, to face Houston before facing Temple in Bridgeport on Jan. 11.
Five Huskies enter Tuesday's game averaging double-digit point per game. Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) continues to lead the way with 18.1 average points, while Dolson ranks second, averaging 14.1 points per game. Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) grabs third on team with 13.8 ppg while Mosqueda-Lewis brings home an average 12.3 per game. Moriah Jefferson (Glen Heights, Texas) rounds out the top-five scorers with 10.3 points per game. Jefferson has been especially lethal to opposing teams, leading UConn in steals with 36 (averaging 2.4 per game).
UConn Well-Represented in Conference Statistics
In addition to sitting atop the American standings, the Huskies are well represented in conference statistical leaders. UConn has been stellar in the assists category, as Bria Hartley leads all American teams with 4.7 per game with Jefferson grabbing third place with 4.5 per game. Hartley and Jefferson rank one-two in their assists to turnover ratios with 2.7 and 2.6, respectively, while Breanna Stewart's 1.8 ratio marks the fourth-best in the conference. On the defensive end, Connecticut boasts three of the top four statistically best shot blockers in Stewart, Kiah Stokes (Marion, Iowa), and Dolson, respectively. The three players rank consecutively with Stewart in second, all averaging at least two blocks per game.
Huskies Still Top Dog in the AP
In the most recent Top-25 Poll released by the Associated Press on Jan. 6, UConn earned the unanimous No. 1 ranking for the eighth consecutive week this season. The Huskies have topped the charts for all of the 10 ranking periods so far this season. Connecticut holds the record for weeks atop the AP Poll, amassing a total 169 weeks at No. 1. The distinction represents the most of any program. Between 2008 and 2011 UConn topped the Polls for 51 weeks, which established the longest run in the history of the AP Poll.