Jan. 27, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s hoops will travel to Philadelphia for the second game of the home-and-home series against Temple University on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The top-ranked Huskies (21-0, 8-0 American) seek their ninth conference win of the season tomorrow evening while the Owls (10-9, 4-4 American) will look to avenge the loss they suffered to UConn in Bridgeport just over two weeks ago.
Televised coverage can be found on SNY with Eric Frede on the call and Meg Culmo on the analysis. The game can be streamed online via ESPN3 by following the ‘watch live’ link posted above. Tipoff is set for 7pm.
Earlier this month the Huskies and Owls clashed in Bridgeport, Conn. before a sellout crowd of 9,274 fans at Webster bank Arena. The Huskies emerged with an 80-36 victory and held an opponent to fewer than 40 points for the sixth time this season. In the all-time series, which began in with a pair of Temple wins in the early 1980’s, UConn drew even to 2-2 with the win.
In their last four outings since facing Connecticut the Owls have posted a 2-2 record, defeating SMU and Cincinnati and falling to Penn and Rutgers. A pair of players average double figures for Temple. Feyond Fitzgerald leads the way with 13.5 points per game while Natasha Thames adds 11.5 per contest. The Huskies held Fitzgerald to five points and Thames to just four on Jan. 11. It was sophomore Erica Covile who did the most damage for Temple with a 13-point effort on a 2-for-3 afternoon from long range in the loss.
Connecticut has picked up four wins since Jan. 11, including two victories over ranked opponents in then-No. 7 Baylor and then-No. 23 Rutgers. All five of UConn’s starters remain in double-figure averages. Breanna Stewart tops the list with 18.7 points per game, followed by Bria Hartley (15.6), Stefanie Dolson (12.8), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (11.1), and Moriah Jefferson (10.2).
On Sunday against USF the Huskies enjoyed a superb 3-point shooting effort in an 81-53 win over USF. Stewart and Hartley combined to go 11-16 from behind the arc while the team finished with 14-made three-pointers and a 56 percent evening from downtown. Hartley and Stewart alone combined to outscore USF, amassing a total of 55 points. Wednesday’s game gave Hartley her third consecutive 20-point game for the first time in her career. Moriah Jefferson added 11 points for her eleventh double-figure game this year and 18th of her career. Once again the sophomore led the squad with three steals to bring her season total to 61.