SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 1/2 UConn women’s basketball team travels to South Bend, Ind. to take on the No. 2/1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Purcell Pavilion. The Huskies are 19-3 all-time when partaking in a No.1 vs. No. 2 tilt. The 7 p.m. tip-off between the Huskies and the Irish can be seen on ESPN2 with radio coverage on UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (7-0) bumped Notre Dame (8-0) out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top-25 poll Monday after finishing last week with a perfect 3-0 record, including two wins against top-15 teams. Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for averaging 21.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 76.9 percent (30-39) from the floor in the flawless week for the Huskies.
After downing Chattanooga 80-43 on Nov. 29, the Huskies kicked-off December with back-to-back wins over No. 15 DePaul and No. 14 Texas. In the 91-46 victory over DePaul, junior guard Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.) racked up a career-high 33 points, the first time a Husky had eclipsed the 30-point milestone since Breanna Stewart had 31 points against Texas in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen.
The Huskies knocked off No. 14 Texas Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Collier led the team against the Longhorns with 24 points, shooting 10-15 from the floor and a career-best 2-3 from the arc, in addition to eight rebounds and five steals in a career-high 39 minutes.
UConn leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 34-11. The Huskies have won the last five match-ups with the Irish. Prior to the current five-game winning streak, ND had won seven of the last eight games but UConn had won the previous 12 meetings in the series.
Notre Dame is undefeated 8-0 this year after dominating Valparaiso 114-54 on Sunday, which marks the second occasion this year the team has cracked 100 points. Five players on ND finished in double figures against Valparaiso. The Fighting Irish are led by Arike Ogunbowale, who is currently averaging 17.5 points per game.