HOUSTON – The No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will begin its three-game road trip by taking American Athletic Conference foe Houston on Friday, Jan. 8 at Heinz Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. on ESPN2 with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (12-0, 2-0 The American) made a statement in conference play after topping Tulsa, 95-35, on Wednesday night behind a game-high 18 points from both redshirt-junior Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and junior Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.). Chong also added four rebounds, four assists and two steals on the night after she earned her first start in over a year, stepping in for injured senior Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas). Freshmen Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Missouri) tied their career-bests with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Senior Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) rounded out the double figure scoring on a 12-point, nine-rebound, three-block, two-assist performance in 24-minutes of action. She moved past Peggy Walsh ’86 to rank sixth on UConn’s all-time rebounds list with 945 for her career.
UConn has won its last 90 games versus unranked opponents, dating back to a 57-56 loss vs. St. John’s on Feb. 18, 2012. Since the 1993-94 season, the Huskies boast an incredible 546-9 (.984) record against unranked foes, including a current stretch of 267 wins in 268 such contests.
The Huskies have won all three previous contests with the Cougars since first meeting during the 2013-14 season. Houston owns a 4-10 overall record and has gotten off to a rough start in league action, going 0-3. In her rookie season, Serithia Hawkins is leading the team with 9.6 points and 6.9 boards per outing.