COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the 22nd time in program history, the No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will play in a game that features the top two teams in the Associated Press Top-25 poll when it visits No. 2 South Carolina on Monday, Feb. 8 at Colonial Life Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (22-0, 12-0 The American) picked up a 92-46 victory over East Carolina on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion, behind a season-high 20-point, four-assist effort from sophomore guard Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ontario). Senior forward Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while the Husky defense held the Pirates to just 38.5 percent shooting (20-of-52).
With the win over then-ranked No. 2 Notre Dame in last season’s national championship game, UConn improved to 18-3 all-time in games pitting the top two teams in the nation against one another. The Huskies are 13-2 all-time when playing as the No. 1 team in such games.
UConn sports a 3-0 all-time record against the Gamecocks, including an 87-62 triumph last year in Storrs. In the 2015-16 season, South Carolina is the only other team besides the Huskies that remains undefeated with a 22-0 unblemished record. The Gamecocks are 9-0 when playing against ranked foes this season, including a pair of wins over both Texas A&M and Kentucky. Sophomore forward A’ja Wilson leads the squad and ranks fifth in the SEC with 16.6 points per game and is shooting 53.7 percent from the field.
Connecticut has an all-time record of 223-61 (.784) versus Top-25 AP ranked teams. The Huskies are 56-24 all-time on the road against ranked opponents and 32-11 in road games against ranked teams since 2004-05. UConn has also won its last 12 in-a-row against opponents ranked in the AP top-five.
While the Huskies are looking to hand South Carolina its first loss of the season, the Gamecocks are hoping to get their first win against the top-ranked team. South Carolina is winless in 12 outings when facing the No. 1 team.
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