Feb. 14, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team travels to Florida for the second game of a home-and-home series against the University of South Florida on Sunday. Tipoff time is set for 4pm at the Sun Dome, with national coverage on CBS Sports. John Sadak and Tammy Blackburn will be on the call. To listen over the radio, tune in to the UConn/IMG Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske.
After defeating No. 4 Louisville on Feb. 9 at Gampel Pavilion, the Huskies will return to game action at USF following a brief six-day break from competition. The No. 1 Huskies (25-0, 12-0 American) continued their reign over the AP poll on Monday, claiming the top spot for the 15th consecutive week this season. Connecticut's win over the Cardinals boosted them into sole possession of first place in the American. South Florida (13-10, 8-4) currently occupies fourth place in the conference standings.
When the two teams met on Jan. 26 in Hartford, Breanna Stewart erupted for 29 total points to lead all scorers and Bria Hartley dropped 26 points to earn the first consecutive 20-plus games of her career. Courtney Williams paced the Bulls' offensive production with 23 points on an 11-for-25 night from the floor in a full 40 minutes of action.
Stewart has hardly let off the gas pedal since that game. On Monday the American Athletic Conference selected the sophomore forward as the Player of the Week for the third time this season following her sixth double-double of the year against Louisville. Stewart leads the Huskies with an average 19.4 points per game, which ranks second-best among league leaders behind SMU's Keena Mays. Stewart, the 2013 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year and an AP Preseason All-American, is just 17 points shy of joining UConn's 1,000-point club, of which teammates Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are members. Stewart hitting that milestone would constitute the fifth time in program history the UConn roster has boasted four 1,000 point scorers in the same season.
As a team the Huskies lead the nation in several categories including assist/turnover ratio (1.96), assists (22.5) and blocks (8.6), among others. UConn's 51 field goal percentage ranks second in Division I and tops the American Athletic Conference.
Sunday's meeting will be the fourteenth all-time matchup between the two programs. UConn sports a perfect 13-0 record against the Bulls.