STORRS, Conn. – The No. 1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is set to play its penultimate regular season home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 27 against Tulane. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
Prior to the game, there will be a short ceremony honoring the Huskies’ senior class of Briana Pulido (Miami, Fla.), Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) and Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.). SNY will broadcast the senior day ceremony live and in its entirety for anyone who is unable to make it to Storrs on Saturday.
UConn (27-0, 16-0 The American) cruised past SMU, 88-41, on Wednesday to clinch its third-straight American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all scorers with 21 points in 24 minutes on the court. As a team, Connecticut scored 50 points in the paint and held the Mustangs to just 27.9 percent shooting from the floor over 40 minutes.
Pulido joined the team as a walk on prior to the 2012-13 season and has played in 78 games, scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 boards while handing out seven assists.
A 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Tuck became the 41st member of UConn’s 1,000-point club earlier this season in the Huskies’ win over No. 6 Maryland in New York City.
Jefferson is on her way to becoming only the second Husky all-time, along with Jennifer Rizzotti, to dish-out at least 600 assists and 300 steals. A three-time finalist and 2015 winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award, she was honored as a First Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Stewart sits in second place on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 2,461 career points, fifth on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 1,071 boards and second in blocks at 380 career rejections. She is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 300-career blocks and 300-career assists and to be honored as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player three times. The North Syracuse, N.Y. native is a two-time winner of the Wade and Naismith Trophies, a two-time AP National Player of the Year, two-time winner of the Honda Sports Award for Women’s Basketball and the winner of the 2015 John R. Wooden Award.
The four seniors have helped UConn to an overall record of 140 wins and five losses en route to winning five American Athletic Conference championships and three national titles.
The Huskies and Green Wave have met on the hardwood three times in series history with UConn winning each of the previous contests. On Feb. 3, Connecticut grabbed a 96-38 victory at Devlin Fieldhouse, behind 20 points and seven assists from Stewart.
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