HARTFORD, Conn. – The No. 1/1 UConn women’s basketball team will return to the XL Center on Monday, Dec. 19 to host No. 12/13 Ohio State for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Fans, please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy prior to the start of Monday’s game at the main entrance of the XL Center.
The Huskies and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the XL Center main entrance, located on Trumbull Street. This will be the only collection location.
UConn (9-0) is coming off back-to back road wins after taking down No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 7 and Kansas State on Dec. 11. Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) was deemed the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second-straight week for her performances against the Fighting Irish and the Wildcats.
Collier, who was also selected as the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association last week, averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 70.8 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent from the free throw line in a 2-0 week for the Huskies.
In the 75-58 victory over the Wildcats, sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the Huskies with 26 points after she shot 6-13 from the three-point line 10-21 from the floor.
Monday’s match-up with the No. 12/13 Buckeyes marks the fourth top-15 opponent UConn will face in its last five contests. The Huskies are 3-0 against Ohio State in the all-time series. The two squared off in November of last year in Columbus where UConn walked away with a 100-56 win. This will be the first time in the series UConn will play host to the Buckeyes.
Ohio State (9-3) is riding a four-game win streak after recording back-to-back losses to top-15 opponents Baylor and Miami. The Buckeyes are coming off a most recent 118-61 victory Alabama State at home. Seven players finished in double figures against the Hornets and Stephanie Mavunga led the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Kelsey Mitchell currently leads the team, averaging 22.7 points per game.