Jan. 24, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – No. 1 UConn women’s basketball will face South Florida in the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, Jan. 26 at noon. The Huskies (20-0, 7-0 American) carry with them into Sunday’s game a 26-game winning streak dating back to last season. The Bulls (10-8, 5-2) have won two in a row against American opponents UCF and Cincinnati.
Sunday's game, along with UConn’s next matchup against USF in Florida on Feb. 16, can be viewed on the CBS Sports Network. Radio coverage will be provided by the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
The Huskies and Bulls have squared off in 12 meetings since the 2002-03 season, with UConn claiming all contests. The teams most recently matched up last season in March of 2013 as conference foes under the old BIG EAST banner. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) recorded her career high that night with 32 points to lead all players. Connecticut overwhelmed USF by a final score of 85-51.
The usual five suspects continue to average double-figures for UConn. The starting five of Breanna Stewart (18.2 ppg), Bria Hartley (15.1), Stefanie Dolson (13.3), Mosqueda-Lewis (11.3) and Moriah Jefferson (10.2) lead the scoring effort.
Two Huskies eclipsed 20 points against Memphis, with Mosqueda-Lewis netting 21 points against the Tigers for the second time this season. Kaleena went 5-of-10 from behind the 3-point line en route to her game-high point total. In the same week that Bria Hartley earned American Conference and USBWA National Player of the Week honors, the senior guard recorded her first back-to-back 20-plus point performance when she dropped 20 points on Wednesday evening.
In addition to the impressive offensive numbers, no aspect of UConn’s game has been more dominant than its defensive performance. The Huskies lead the nation with 175 blocked shots and boast the first trio of Huskies – Dolson, Stewart, and Stokes – to surpass 50 blocks in the same season. Stewart heads the charge with 56 blocks while Stokes owns 51 rejections on the year. Dolson boasts an even 50. Both Stewart and Stokes tied their career highs for single-game blocks this season (6) while Dolson set and matched her personal-best in successive games, logging 7 denials against both Houston and Temple.
Moriah Jefferson continued her deft play with nine steals against Memphis, setting a new career-high and falling just one shy of tying UConn’s record for most thefts in a single-game. With 11 games still to play on the regular season calendar, Jefferson’s 98 assists and 58 steals already far exceed the numbers she posted last year in her rookie season (69 and 52, respectively).