DALLAS – After posting back-to-back 100-point performances, the No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team heads to the Lone Star State to take on SMU on Saturday, Jan. 23. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET at Moody Coliseum and will be broadcasted live on SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (17-0) cruised past UCF, 106-51, on Wednesday night in the XL Center. Sophomore Gabby Williams (Sparks, Nev.) started in place of injured redshirt junior Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and the Huskies didn’t miss a beat. Williams scored a career-high 19 points on a career-best 9-of-11 shooting. Senior Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) chipped in 21 points in 21 minutes while redshirt sophomore Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va.) put up a season-high 20 points.
With the victory, the Huskies have won 54 straight games, tying Louisiana Tech (1980-82) for the third-longest streak in the history of Division I women's basketball. UConn currently owns the top two winning streaks of 90 games (2008-11) and 70 (2001-03).
Senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) is visiting the Mustangs with 543 career assists and 298 career steals. She is on her way to becoming 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).
Connecticut is 4-0 all-time against SMU, having won by an average margin of 51 points over the four contests. The Mustangs hold an 8-9 overall record and stand at 3-3 in conference play this season. Redshirt sophomore McKenzie Adams leads the squad and is 12th in the league with 14.1 points per game.
UConn has won its last 94 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 549-9 (.984) record against unranked foes, including a current stretch of 271 wins in 272 such contests.
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