STORRS, Conn. – For the first time in 42 days, the No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team returns to Harry A. Gampel Pavilion to host Temple on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. The American Athletic Conference matchup will be broadcasted on the CBSSN with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (15-0, 5-0 The American) is coming off a successful 3-0 road trip that ended with a 86-46 win over league-foe Memphis on Wednesday, the 99th victory in the last 100 games for the Huskies. Senior guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) chipped in 11 points apiece.
The Huskies and Owls have played seven games in their series history, with UConn holding a 5-2 edge. Connecticut has won each of the last five meetings and hasn’t dropped an outing against their Philadelphia-based foes since the 1981-82 season.
Connecticut has been dominate at its on-campus facility, boasting a 263-7 (.973) record in Gampel Pavilion since 1993-94. The Huskies won their only game in the Storrs facility this season, defeating then-ranked No. 3 Notre Dame, 91-81, on Dec. 5. Overall, UConn has won 88 of its last 90 games played at Gampel.
The Owls are coming to the Nutmeg State with a 11-5 overall record and 5-1 mark in conference play. Three Temple players average double-digits, led by sophomore guard Alliya Butts, who tops the team in total points (251) and steals (43).
Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza spent 14 years on the UConn women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach to head coach Geno Auriemma before joining the Owls in 2008.