STORRS, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will return home Tuesday, Nov. 22 to host Dayton for Luau night at Gampel Pavilion. While the UConn men’s basketball team is competing in the Maui Invitational, fans in Connecticut will get a taste of Hawaii at Tuesday night’s women’s game.
The first 1,000 fans will receive a free lei and there will be Hawaiian-themed promotions throughout the evening. Fans will also receive a free pineapple soda with the purchase of a hot dog and chips.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on SNY with radio coverage by UConn/IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies are 3-0 to start their season with back-to-back wins coming against top-12 opponents, Florida State and Baylor. Most recently, UConn brought down LSU on the road Sunday 76-53, the team’s largest margin of victory this so far this year.
Sophomore forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and freshman point guard Crystal Dangerfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) were recognized by the American Athletic Conference for their contributions to UConn’s undefeated start.
Samuelson was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week after she averaged 19.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. She started the week with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in UConn’s victory at No. 12/12 Florida State on Monday and she followed that up with a 16-point effort in the win over No. 2/4 Baylor on Thursday.
The Huntington Beach, Calif. native then put the best game of her career together in Sunday’s win at LSU. Samuelson scored a career-high 28 points on 8-15 shooting and buried a career-high seven three-point field goals in 11 attempts. She was also a spotless 5-5 from the free throw line and chased-down a career-best eight rebounds against the Lady Tigers.
Dangerfield was deemed Freshman of the Week by the conference after she averaged 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor, including 5-10 from three-point range. Her UConn debut featured five points and two rebounds in the win over No. 12 Florida State on Monday but she bettered that significantly with a 19-point, four-rebound, five-assist performance in the win over No. 2/4 Baylor on Thursday.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native was 8-14 from the floor against the Lady Bears and made three of her five attempts from long-range. She followed that up with a 10-point, three-rebound game in the win at LSU on Sunday evening.
Dayton is off to a 2-1 start this year. After opening their season with a 63-60 loss to Quinnipiac, the Flyers are on a two-game win streak after defeating Wisconsin on Wednesday and Princeton on Saturday. Dayton most recently squeaked out a 62-56 comeback victory in overtime on the road at Princeton. The Flyers trailed 32-24 at halftime, but then out-scored the Tigers 26-18 in the second half to tie it 50-50 and send the game into OT and eventually come out on top. Sophomore Lauren Cannatelli led the Flyers with 13 points against Princeton.