GREENVILLE, N.C. – The No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team heads back out on the road to face East Carolina for a Tuesday night tilt on Jan. 24 at the Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally on SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (18-0, 6-0 The American) picked up its 93rd-straight win after dominating Tulane 100-56 on Sunday. Sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished with 32 points against the Green Wave, which marked her second consecutive 30-plus performance after she notched a career-high 34 points at Tulsa. The 34 points marked the most a Husky had scored since Breanna Stewart notched 37 at Temple on February 5, 2014.
Samuelson earned her third American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor this season after averaging 33.0 points on 66.7 percent shooting, including 57.9 percent from long-range, to go along with 4.0 steals per game in only 29.0 minutes per contest during the top-ranked Huskies’ 2-0 week. She currently sits third all-time in single-season scoring average with 21.4 points per game through 17 games.
UConn has won its last 33 road games, dating back to an overtime loss at Stanford on November 17, 2014. A win on Tuesday against the Pirates would tie UConn’s longest win streak on the road of 34-straight away games.
East Carolina (10-10, 1-6 The American) is on a four-game losing skid, chalking up losses to Temple, USF, UCF and Cincinnati. The Pirates only league victory so far this season was against SMU, 58-57. East Carolina lost by 10 in its most recent contest at Cincinnati, despite leading the Bearcats the first five minutes of the game.
Redshirt senior Bre McDonald scored a career-high 27 points against the Bearcats. She is second overall on the team, averaging 11.9 points per game behind graduate student Kristen Gaffney who averages 15.8.
UConn is 7-0 against ECU in the all-time series. The Huskies and the Pirates met earlier this month on Jan. 4 and UConn came out on top 90-45 in the end. Sophomore Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) led the Huskies with 21 points on 8-11 shooting.
Looking ahead past East Carolina, the Huskies return home on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they host Houston at the Xl Center.
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