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No. 2 Huskies and No. 14 Longhorns Meet at Mohegan Sun

Junior Kia Nurse had a career-high 33 points against DePaul Thursday.
Dec. 3, 2016

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The No. 2 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will face a second consecutive ranked opponent this week when it faces No. 14 Texas on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Under head coach Geno Auriemma, UConn is 6-2 all-time when playing in the Jimmy V Classic and has played in the event in each of the last six seasons. The team’s only losses in the Jimmy V Classic both came against North Carolina in back-to-back seasons in November of 2004 and December of 2005. UConn is 5-0 in its last five Jimmy V Classic appearances.

The Huskies are 6-0 heading into Sunday’s match-up with three victories against ranked opponents under their belts. Most recently, UConn downed No. 15 DePaul 91-46 at Gampel Pavilion Thursday, behind a career-high 33 points from the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, Kia Nurse. After putting up 19 points in the first quarter alone, Nurse was just three points away from tying her previous career-best 22 points with three quarters to play.

Nurse had surpassed her previous career-high after just the first half, and spent the back half of the game racking up the points. She shot 12-16 from the floor and 6-9 from the arc to finish with a whopping 33 points. This marked the first time that a Husky had eclipsed the 30-point milestone in a single game since Breanna Stewart, who accomplished that feat against Texas in March of 2015 in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen game.


 

 

Sunday marks the fourth top-25 opponent UConn will face so far this season, after the Huskies claimed victories over Florida State, Baylor and DePaul.

UConn is undefeated 7-0 all-time against Texas and has defeated Texas in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments. The last four meetings between the Huskies and the Longhorns have been at neutral sites and five out of the seven overall meetings have been on neutral turf. Last time out, UConn defeated Texas 86-65 on March 28, 2016 in the Elite Eight of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Texas (2-3) is coming off 76-67 loss to No. 3 South Carolina on Thursday, despite only trailing by three points at the half. UConn is the fourth ranked opponent Texas will face this season. The Longhorns have recorded losses in all three previous match-ups with top-25 opponents, including Stanford, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Junior Brooke McCarty leads the Longhorns, averaging 14.4 points per game.

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