Jan. 31, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Top-ranked UConn will travel to Ohio for round two with conference opponent Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2pm. The Huskies (22-0, 9-0 American) have won 28 consecutive games dating back to last season, most recently dropping Temple on the road Tuesday evening by a 37 point margin. Since facing Connecticut on Dec. 29, Cincinnati has gone 2-6 in its last eight games.
Saturday's game can be seen on SNY with Meg Culmo and Eric Frede on the call and Kerith Burke on the sideline. Broadcast begins with the pregame show at 1:30pm. To listen over the radio, tune into the UConn/IMG Radio Network. To stream the game online, follow the link posted above for ESPN3 internet coverage.
At the helm of the Bearcats (9-11, 2-7 American) is former UConn player and long-time assistant coach Jamelle Elliott. In a pregame ceremony on at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in December, Elliott was inducted into the Huskies of Honor as part of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 National Championship teams. She served as an assistant coach for both seasons.
In the teams' last meeting on Dec. 29, a balanced scoring effort from the Huskies resulted in the 67-34 win. UConn held the Bearcats to just 24 percent shooting on the night, which constitutes the second-lowest opponent field goal percentage this season. UConn held Houston and Temple to 21 percent from the floor in back-to-back games on Jan. 7 and 11. Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, and Bria Hartley finished with 12 points each for the Huskies while Cincinnati's Jeanise Randolph logged a double-double with 10 rebounds and a game-high 15 points.
Four of UConn's starting five average double-digit points to lead the team. Breanna Stewart set a career-high with 37 points against the Owls on Tuesday night to increase her average to 19.5 per game. Her 37 is the eighth-best single-game total in program history. The sophomore shot an unconscious 78 percent with 15 made field goals - also a career-best - and a 3-of-5 finish from long range. Only two opponents have tempered her offensive abilities this season, with Stanford and Ohio State being the only two games in which she missed double-digits. Stewart finished with 9 and 8 points in those contests, respectively.
The senior duo of Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson teamed up for a pair of double-doubles on Tuesday evening in Philadelphia. Hartley (15.6 ppg) knocked down 16 points and distributed a career-high 11 assists for her first double-double at UConn. Dolson earned her tenth of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 points and six boards in the win.
Moriah Jefferson also set a career-high with 12 assists on Tuesday evening, boosting her already excellent assists/turnover ratio to 3.3. The Glenn Heights, Texas native continues to roll in a stellar sophomore campaign, leading the team in assists (117 total, 5.3 per game) and steals (64 total, 2.9 per contest).