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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Fans! Join the UConn women’s basketball team on Saturday, January 28 for Carnival Day at the XL Center when the top-ranked Huskies square-off against Houston at 12 p.m.
From 10:30 a.m. until tip-off, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy carnival games in the XL Center atrium off of Trumbull Street. Fans can try their luck on the Spin to Win Wheel, Guessing Jar, Ring Toss, Hammer Striker, Crazy Driver and Tip-a-Jug. Also available in the atrium will be a Bounce House, a Face Painting Station and a Balloon Artist.
Throughout the game fans can also enjoy carnival-themed concessions, including cotton candy, candy apples and popcorn.
Additionally, the first 300 kids ages 12 and under to visit the Carnival Area will be given a UConn Stuffed Animal Husky! The carnival games will be open beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Saturday’s game will be televised regional on SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (19-0, 7-0 The American) raked in the accolades in most recent win at East Carolina, 91-44. The Huskies tied their own NCAA record for consecutive away games won, picking up their 34th-straight win on the road at ECU. UConn has not lost on an opponent’s home floor since 2014 when the team fell to Stanford in overtime.
Junior forward Gabby Williams (Sparks, Nev.) finished with 16 points and tied career highs with 16 rebounds and 10 assists to earn the fifth triple-double in UConn history. Kiah Stokes was the last Husky to boast a triple-double after she earned the honor against East Carolina in the 2014-15 season. Williams currently leads the team in both rebounds (164) and assists (102).
Junior Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) reached the 1,000-career point milestone after earning 15 points against the Pirates. Sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the team in scoring for third-straight game, scoring 20 points at ECU. She currently averages 21.8 points the per game, the most of anyone on the team.
The Huskies are a perfect 4-0 in the all-time series against the Cougars. UConn defeated Houston 85-26 in their first meeting last season at home. The Huskies followed that up with a 76-37 victory in game two on Houston’s home floor in January of 2016.
Houston (8-12, 1-6 The American) opened its conference slate with a victory against Tulsa, but has since been on a six-game losing skid. In their most recent loss to Memphis, the Cougars fell short of the Tigers by one point, 66-65, in the end.
Freshman Jasmyne Harris led the Cougars in their last two contests against Memphis and SMU. Harris scored 19 in Houston’s one-point loss to Memphis and 16 points prior to that against SMU. She currently leads the team, averaging 11.0 points per game.