Feb. 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team travels to Texas for a two-game road set against Houston and SMU beginning Saturday against the Cougars. Tipoff on Feb. 22 is scheduled for 5pm ET with coverage on SNY. The duo of Eric Frede and Meg Culmo will call the matchup as Kerith Burke covers the sideline. As always, fans can tune in to the UConn/IMG Radio Network broadcast with the tandem of Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske covering the action.
UConn (27-0, 14-0 American) and Houston (5-21, 1-14 American) square off in just the second program meeting after first facing one another on Jan. 7. The Huskies held the Cougars to 23 percent shooting from the floor to take the 90-40 win. Connecticut also out-muscled Houston to grab 54 rebounds, which marks the second-highest UConn effort on the glass this season, and posted 17 blocks, which tied the program record for single-game denials. The contest was Morgan Tuck’s (Bolingbrook, Ill.) final appearance of the year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery. The sophomore made the most of her last showing in 2013-14 with a career-high 19 points on eight baskets.
Houston searches for its second conference win after breaking into the conference win column with a victory over Cincinnati on Feb. 8. Marche’ Amerson, who dropped 11 points against the Huskies on Jan. 7, leads the squad with 10.1 points per game.
On Wednesday evening in Hartford the Huskies rolled past UCF for their 27th win of the season and 33rd consecutive victory dating back to last season. Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) recorded her eleventh double-digit game in a row, finishing with 20 points. The senior grabbed four rebounds to join UConn’s elite 1,500 points/500 rebounds/500 assists club previously including only Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi. The New York native enters Saturday’s contest with 1,778 career points, needing just 24 points to pass Tiffany Hayes for tenth on UConn’s all-time scoring list. Classmate Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.) occupies 14th place on the list with 1,639 total points.
Hitting her own career milestone just forty-two seconds into Wednesday’s game was sophomore Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.), who promptly collected a rebound and deposited UConn’s first basket of the night to become the second-fastest player in program history to reach 1,000 points. Stewart’s evening was far from over, as she finished with a brimming line of 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven blocks. Her 19.4 points per game leads the Huskies and ranks second in the American Athletic Conference.
Rookie Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.) posted a breakout performance in her second career start on Wednesday night. The freshman set career-highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double as a Husky, also dishing out a trio of assists in the win.
Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) continued her streak with a steal on Wednesday, which means she has recorded at least one takeaway in 20 consecutive games and 25 games overall. The nimble guard has averaged 10.2 points in her last seven games, setting a career-high with 18 against Louisville on Feb. 9.
Following Saturday’s game the Huskies pay a visit to Dallas for a Tuesday night matchup with SMU at Moody Coliseum. The Feb. 25 faceoff against the Mustangs will be UConn’s penultimate regular season away game before returning to face Rugers on March 1. Be sure to get your tickets for Senior Day against the Scarlet Knights while they last by clicking here.