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No. 3 UConn Welcomes No. 2 Baylor for Home Opener Thursday

UConn is 30-1 in home openers under head coach Geno Auriemma.
Nov. 16, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. – After an exciting two-point win at No. 12/12 Florida State to kick off the season, the No. 3/2 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will welcome No. 2/4 Baylor for its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Gampel Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s home opener will be televised by SNY with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Sports Radio Network. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and the UConn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host a food drive prior to the game. Fans, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate.

UConn is coming off a 78-76 win over No. 12 Florida State on the road Monday. Despite being down 34-30 at the half, the Huskies outscored the Seminoles 48-42 in the second half and held on at the end to extend their winning streak to 76 games, which is the third-longest streak in college basketball history and second longest in program history.

Sophomore Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) racked up 28 points and added eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists against FSU, shattering her previous career-high of 14 points that she recorded on two occasions last season.

Senior Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.) contributed 16 points, three rebounds and six assists in the win over the Seminoles and sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Huskies are 314-19 overall at Gampel Pavilion and have been victorious in their last 23 home openers. Under head coach Geno Auriemma, UConn holds an impressive 30-1 record in its first home game of the season. UConn leads the all-time series against Baylor 3-2. The Huskies and the Bears last met in January of 2014 where UConn claimed a 66-55 victory on the road.  

The No. 2/4 Baylor Bears are 2-0 to start the season after back-to-back wins at home against Houston Baptist and No. 9/9 UCLA. Baylor opened its season with a 118-43 win over Houston Baptist and followed it up by defeating top 10, UCLA 84-70 on Monday. Sophomore Kalani Brown led the Bears in both contests, putting up 24 points against the Houston Baptist Huskies and 25 points against the No. 9 Bruins.