Nov. 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – After handily defeating No. 3 Stanford on Monday evening in Gampel Pavilion, the Connecticut women’s basketball team will delve deeper into its challenging opening schedule. Three of the first four matchups on the Huskies’ November calendar pit the squad against ranked opponents. With the first of these three in the past, UConn will now face another top-10 matchup in Maryland on Friday evening at College Park. The Huskies’ date with the No. 8 Terrapines, which will be the third all-time meeting in program history, tips off at 6:00pm. Tune into ESPNU for nationally televised coverage, with Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo on the call. On Sunday, the Huskies pay a visit No. 13 Penn State for a 12:00pm tilt in University Park.
On Wednesday, UConn announced that Morgan Tuck would be unavailable for 4-6 weeks after undergoing a successful knee surgery and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis would be out indefinitely with a nerve contusion of the right elbow. Mosqueda-Lewis will be re-evaluated next week when it is likely a time frame for her return will be more clear.
Several Huskies stepped up to post big numbers for UConn against No. 3 Stanford. Kiah Stokes (Marion, Iowa) played “the best game she has played since she has been at Connecticut,” according to Head Coach Geno Auriemma. The junior fueled UConn with a stellar performance off the bench, contributing 10 points and setting career-highs in free throws, going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, as well as blocks, denying 6 Cardinal shots. The center also recorded a career-high 13 boards on the night, but it was her offensive prowess that impressed on Monday evening.
Senior Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) looked top-notch in her 11th career 20-plus point performance against Stanford. Hartley went 9-for-13 from the floor and led all players with six assists on the night, also snagging two steals and eight rebounds. The veteran leader will look to maintain those numbers and continue to drive the scoring effort.
Also making a noticeable impact in her first game against a ranked opponent was Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.). The first-year knocked down back-to-back three pointers off the bench to electrify Gampel and break an early 2-2 deadlock on the scoreboard. Chong also dished out three assists and collected two steals in her second career game. The freshman has yet to commit a turnover in Husky uniform, a streak the Huskies certainly would like to see extended.
No. 8 Maryland
The Huskies will face Maryland for just the third time in program history on Friday evening at Comcast Center. The teams first squared off last year, crossing paths in both the regular season and the NCAA Torunament. UConn prevailed in both games, defeating the Terps in Hartford, 63-48, before breezing past Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen by a score of 76-50.
The Terps rang in the new season with a pair of wins against South Florida and Loyola, edging USF 78-70 and rolling Loyola by a final score of 89-53. Freshman guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough leads Maryland in the scoring department, averaging 17 points through two games. Redshirt sophomore Brene Moseley has yet to miss a free throw in 15 attempts after two contests.
No. 13 Penn State
UConn has won eight-straight games against Penn State to claim an 8-3 record against the Lady Lions. The Huskies hosted Penn State in December of last year, topping the Lady Lions by a score of 67-52.
Penn State has also opened the season on a two-game win streak. The Huskies will be the third-straight home game to open the season for the Lady Lions, after they have defeated St. Francis (Pa.) and Fordham University. Maggie Lucas posted game-highs in both contests with 33 and 23 points, respectively. She averages 30 point through two games and has knocked in all of her 21 free throw attempts so far this season.