UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The top-seeded UConn women’s basketball team (31-0) will compete for its fourth straight American Athletic Conference Tournament title as the Huskies face No. 2-seeded USF (26-6) Tuesday at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Junior Azurá Stevens led the Huskies past Cincinnati, 75-21, in the conference semifinals. Stevens had 21 points while shooting 77 percent from the field and 13 rebounds. UConn went on a 34-0 run in the first half to take a 43-5 lead into halftime.
With the win over the Bearcats, the Huskies moved to 100-0 in games against conference opponents since joining the AAC prior to the 2013-14 season.
UConn has won 14 straight conference tournament games and is 81-13 all-time in conference 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 Bulls
USF defeated UCF, 74-59, to advance to the finals. Kitija Laksa led the Bulls with 20 points against the Knights.
This season, Laksa leads the team with 20.7 points per game while Maria Jesperson has a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game.
UConn holds a 25-0 record against USF all-time. The teams have faced each other in the last three conference tournament finals with the Huskies winning each time.
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