Nov. 18, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team welcomes Oregon to the east coast for a matchup on Wednesday evening at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies will hope for a repeat of last season’s result, when they routed the Ducks by a score of 95-51 in Eugene to celebrate their ascent to the top of the national rankings. Game time for Wednesday evening’s contest is set for 7pm ET and will be televised by ESPN3.
Losing Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) to injuries shortened the UConn bench, but the Huskies remained unaffected in a successful 2-0 road trip against ranked opponents this past weekend. Connecticut rolled to its second consecutive win against a top-10 opponent in a 72-55 victory over No. 8 Maryland in College Park on Friday evening. The Huskies used double-digit point totals from four players to pull away in the second half, playing stingy defense that only yielded 17 points to the Terps in the latter 20 minutes of action. On Sunday afternoon, UConn improved to 199-60 all-time against ranked opponents with a 71-52 decision against No. 13 Penn State.
Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) exploded for 29 points to lead the Huskies past Penn State, tying the career-high she had set in February of her sophomore season against Notre Dame. The has senior reached double-figure point totals in three of the team’s four game so far this season, including two 20-plus point performances. Her combined weekend effort, which included 39 points, 6 steals, and 10 assists in both games, helped Hartley earn American Athletic Conference Player of the Week status.
Sophomore standout Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) also caught fire this weekend. The forward accounted for over a third of UConn’s overall point total against Maryland, dropping 26 points and falling just three boards short of a double-double. Against Penn State, Stewart posted five blocks and snagged two steals en route to a 14 point afternoon.
Seeking to fill the scoring gap left by Mosqueada-Lewis’ absence in the lineup, a trio of players delivered big performances for the Huskies this past weekend. Sophomore Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) led the squad with three key steals against the Terps on Friday evening, adding 15 points to the scoreboard and dishing out four assists. Jefferson enjoyed a combined 9-for-14 showing from the floor in Connecticut’s last two games. She leads the team with nine steals so far this season.
Rookie Saniya Chong (Ossining, N.Y.) found her groove against Penn State on Sunday, tallying a career-high 16 points in the win. The freshman also showcased her defensive abilities on the glass with six rebounds and a steal to go with two assists on the offensive end. Junior Brianna Banks (Newnan, Ga.) provided a crucial presence off the bench against Maryland, connecting on 4-of-7 from the floor, including a big three pointer.
Heading into Wednesday night’s game, the Huskies hold the series record advantage over Oregon after claiming the first-ever meeting against the Ducks last season.