UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The top-seeded UConn women’s basketball team returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena to face No. 4 Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals Monday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Sophomore Crystal Dangerfield shot 4-for-4 from three-point range as the Huskies defeated Tulane, 82-56, in the tournament quarterfinals Sunday. Junior Katie Lou Samuelson led the game with 21 points while four other Huskies finished in double digits: Napheesa Collier (19), Azurá Stevens (15), Dangerfield (14) and Kia Nurse (11).
With the win over the Green Wave, the Huskies reached 30 wins in a season for the 13th straight year. UConn has won 30+ games in a season 23 times in program history.
The Huskies have won 15 straight conference tournament games dating back to 2013. UConn is 80-13 all-time in conference tournament games, including 13-0 in AAC Tournament games.
The Huskies brought home numerous conference honors this year, including 2018 American Player of the Year Katie Lou Samuelson. Kia Nurse was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year while Azurá Stevens picked up Sixth Player and Newcomer of the Year honors. Samuelson, Nurse, Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams were named to the conference’s first team while Stevens was on the second team and Crystal Dangerfield was on the third team.
Numerous Huskies are finalists for national player of the year honors. Samuelson and Williams are Naismith Trophy semifinalists while they are joined by Collier as Wooden Award finalists. Nurse is a finalist for the Lieberman Award (top point guard), Samuelson is a finalist for the Drysdale Award (top shooting guard), Williams is a finalist for the Miller Award (top small forward) and Collier is a finalist for the McClain Award (top power forward).
Scouting the Bearcats
Fourth-seeded Cincinnati defeated Tulsa, 66-65, on Saturday. Down 50-46 at the end of the third quarter, the Bearcats rallied to get the win.
Four Bearcats are averaging double-digit points: Nikira Goings (11.6), Ana Owens (11.1), Shanice Johnson (10.6) and Iimar’I Thomas (10.3). Thomas was selected as the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
UConn is 18-0 all-time vs. Cincinnati. The Huskies picked up a 106-65 win on Feb. 4. The teams have met in the AAC Tournament twice before.
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