Jan. 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The top-ranked Huskies will face Memphis for the second time this season in Hartford at the XL Center on Wednesday evening. UConn (19-0, 6-0 American) seeks its seventh conference win of the season against Memphis (10-8, 3-3 American) after defeating the Tigers 90-49 on the road in Tennessee on Jan. 4. Televised coverage of the game will be provided by SNY, with the UConn/IMG Radio Network on the radio broadcast. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm ET.
In the 17 days since the first program meeting with UConn, Memphis has won three of its last four games and averaged 71 points per game. The Tigers suffered a double overtime setback to SMU on Jan. 7 before rattling off three consecutive wins against UCF, No. 23 Rutgers (OT), and Houston to draw even in their conference record. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn, who tallied 20 points against the Huskies, leads Memphis as the only player averaging double-figures with 18.4 points per game.
UConn enters Wednesday night have scored 1,600 points on the season and limited opponents to an NCAA-best 47.9 per contest. The stingy Huskies defense, which has held opponents to 30.8 percent shooting this season, is on pace to threaten the program record for scoring defense set by the 2009-10 team (46.2 opponent ppg). Connecticut sports the third-best team field-goal percentage in the nation at 50.1 percent and the second-highest assist to turnover ratio in Division I at 1.80.
Five Huskies continue to average double-figures for UConn. Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) dropped 23 points at Rutgers to remain atop the squad with 18.3 points per game. Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) recorded a career-high 30 on Sunday to earn American Conference Player of the Week recognition, knocking down a career-best six 3-pointers. Hartley averages 14.8 points per contest.
Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) logged her eighth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Scarlet Knights. The senior’s 13.3 points per game are good for third-best on the team. Chipping in four points against Rutgers was Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), who scores an average 10.5 points per game.
Sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) continued her impressive season with her tenth double-digit scoring game of the year against Rutgers. Jefferson tallied 13 points for the third consecutive contest and grabbed three steals on Sunday in New Jersey. The Texas native has only been held without a takeaway in two games this season, recording at least three or more thefts in eleven games. After dishing out eight helpers without committing a turnover against the Scarlet Knights, Jefferson boosted her already stellar assist-to-turnover ratio to 3.0, which leads the American and ranks in the top-15 nationwide. She also paces the conference leaderboards in steals (49) and assists (92), posting a 56.8 field-goal percentage good for third in the American. Stefanie Dolson’s 58.5 percent from the floor claims second-best in the conference.
UConn is 140-13 all-time at the XL Center. The Huskies have won 66 of their last 69 games played in Hartford including four victories in the capital city this season.