HARTFORD, Conn. – The top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will do battle one last time in the XL Center this season when it challenges Memphis on Saturday, Jan. 30. Action is set to begin at noon on SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (19-0, 9-0 The American) has won five-straight games by more than 40 points, including in season-high 64 point victory over Tulsa on Wednesday. Senior Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) led the charge with 24 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the sixth Husky to join the 1,000-rebound club. Classmate Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and rookie Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) dropped 14 points each.
Samuelson, who earned her second American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week honor on Jan. 18, has been impressive over the last eight games. In those contests, she is averaging 12.9 points, which is the fourth-most on the team over that span, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Saturday’s matchup will be the second meeting of the season between the two programs after the Huskies cruised past Memphis, 86-46, on Jan. 13. The Tigers own a 12-9 overall record and have won their last three games. Senior guard Ariel Hearn is the only player averaging double digits with 14.5 points per game, which ranks eighth in the conference.
Connecticut will try to end the month of January with a perfect record for the third consecutive season. Overall, UConn has won 81 of its last 83 in the calendar’s opening month.
The Huskies will also be taking the floor in their off-campus home facility for the last time in the 2015-16 season. UConn sports a 5-0 mark at the XL Center and have won 79 of the last 82 games played in Hartford.