STORRS, CT (December 29) The UConn women's basketball team continues to roll on early in the season with a untainted record of 8-0, as it enters Monday night's game against NC State at the Hartford Civic Center. With the release of this weeks (December 22) Associated Press poll, UConn remains the all-time leader in weeks ranked No. 1 nationally. The Huskies, who achieved their first No. 1 ranking on January 17, 1995, have been ranked as the No. 1 team for 92 weeks, surpassing Tennessees previous mark of 90. UConn has been ranked No. 1 in 63 of the last 82 polls, while Tennessee has not led the ranking since February 26, 2001.
The Huskies enter tonights game having won 68-straight home games, and their last home loss was a 72-71 setback vs. Tennessee on Feb. 2, 2000 at Gampel Pavilion. Tennessee currently holds the NCAA record for home court winning streaks at 69 consecutive games.
Taurasi continues to lead the Huskies in several categories. She is averaging 21.1 points per game, has 39 assists, eight blocks and is shooting 26-for-31 from the free-throw line for an .839 percentage. Jessica Moore is averaging a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game, and adds 10.9 points per game.
Connecticut is 4-2 all-time against North Carolina State dating back to the 1990-91 season. The Huskies have won the last two meetings against the Wolfpack and their two losses came on December 29, 1991 (62-59) and in the NCAA Final Eight on March 23, 1998, a season-ending 60-52 loss.
The Wolfpack holds a record of 7-4 overall heading into Monday nights game. NC State has won the last four of five games and is coming off a 79-63 loss to Baylor in the final game of the San Juan Shootout on December 22.
Kaayla Chones leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 14.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. She also has a team-high 12 blocks on the season. Keisha Brown has scored 8.2 points per game and 21 assists, while adding a team-high 23 steals. Head coach Kay Yow is in her 29th season of coaching at NC State 33rd overall. Her overall record at NC State stands at 586-270.
Sophomore Barbara Turner scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Huskies over St. Josephs, in the Huskies 87-34 win on December 21 at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. After making a late first half run, Turner completed the half with 17 points, tying her season high. Taurasi scored 18 points and added five assists. Senior Morgan Valley recorded a career-high seven assists while adding five points and five rebounds. Sister Ashley Valley hit a season-high eight points, one shy of tying her career high.