HARTFORD, Conn. – With six American Athletic Conference wins under its belt, the top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team welcomes UCF to the XL Center for a league showdown on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on SNY with radio coverage on the IMG Radio Network.
UConn (16-0) is coming off a 104-49 victory over Temple on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion. Six players had at least 10 points, led by a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.). Rookie guard Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) had a career night with 21 points and six assists on her way to being named the conference’s Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Samuelson has started to figure things out over the last five games. In those contests, she is averaging 13.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and 48.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) enters the game with 538 career assists and 296 career steals. She is poised to become only the third Husky to record 500 career assists and 300 career steals, joining former national players of the year Maya Moore (2008, 2009, 2010) and Jennifer Rizzotti (1996).
UConn has won 53 straight games, trailing one behind Louisiana Tech (1980-82) for the third longest all-time. The Huskies lead the nation in scoring offense (88.8 ppg), scoring margin (37.3) and field goal percentage (51.8).
Connecticut and UCF have met three times and the Huskies have come away with the win in each outing. The Knights sport a 4-13 overall record and picked up their first conference victory of the season with a 80-60 triumph over Cincinnati. Junior guard Zykira Lewis, who ranks fifth in the league with 15.9 points per game, leads the team in total points (254), steals (37) and made three-pointers (40).
UConn boasts an all-time mark of 153-13 (.920) in games played at the XL Center. The Huskies have won 78 of its last 81 games played in the off-campus facility.