Dec. 4, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will take on the University of California, Davis Aggies at 7pm on Dec. 5 in Hartford's XL Center. The Huskies, ranked the top team in the country for the fifth consecutive week in the latest Associated Press Poll, will square off against the Aggies for the inaugural meeting between the two programs. The game can be streamed online via ESPN3.com by following the `Watch Live' link posted above. As always, UConn IMG Radio will provide audio coverage of the contest.
The Huskies enter Thursday's matchup having extended their undefeated record to 9-0 following Sunday evening's win over Ohio State in the final game of the Hall of Fame Challenge. Preceding the Ohio State matchup, Connecticut received a six day respite from game action. UConn will experience another brief hiatus in its schedule directly after Thursday's game, as the No. 1 Huskies break from competition for eleven days before traveling to face No. 2 Duke as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17.
Tomorrow's game will showcase a deep Connecticut team receiving significant contributions from the entirety of the roster. Brianna Banks (Newnan, Ga.) has stepped into a starting role for the Huskies this season, finding consistency in her shooting game. In the last five contests Banks has averaged 62 percent from the floor, going 17-for-27 and amassing 45 of her 59 season points across that span. Against Ohio State, Banks came alive on the glass with seven boards including five rebounds on the defensive end in her best rebounding effort of the season. Banks has proved the most consistent three-point shooter for the squad at present, hitting 10-of-23 this season which is second-best only to Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' percentage before she suffered an injury in her second game of the season.
Also playing solid basketball for the Huskies has been sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson (Glen Heights, Texas), who has improved a 4.7 points per game average last season to her current 11.2 points per game showing so far this year. Jefferson boasts the teams' third-best field goal percentage, shooting 58.3 percent while averaging the fourth-most field goal attempts per game. The nimble sophomore leads the Huskies in steals with 22, averaging 2.4 interceptions per game.
Finding success at both ends of the court this season has been Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, N.Y.). The senior center statistically ranks in the Top 50 in the country for both shooting percentage (56.5 percent) and rebounding (10.6 rebounds per game). No slouch in the passing department either, Dolson has chipped in 38 assists this season, second only to classmate Bria Hartley's (North Babylon, N.Y.) 51 helpers. Dolson and Hartley received back-to-back American Athletic Conference Players of the Week nods to cap a November that witnessed UConn down three ranked opponents.