NEW YORK – The No. 1 University of Connecticut is heading to Madison Square Garden for the seventh time in program history to take on No. 5 Maryland on Monday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m. The Huskies’ fifth appearance in the Maggie Dixon Classic will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn is looking to start the season 10-0 for the 16th time in program history after defeating LSU, 86-40, on Dec. 22. Senior Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) tallied 17 points while redshirt-junior Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and freshman Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added 14 points apiece against the Lady Tigers.
The Huskies have won all six of their previous games in MSG, most recently beating St. John’s, 70-54, on Jan. 4, 2015. UConn is also undefeated in the annual Maggie Dixon Classic.
Connecticut has won each of its four encounters with Maryland, including a 81-58 victory in last year’s NCAA National Semifinals on the way to winning a 10th national championship.
The Terps lead the nation in scoring offense (90.5), rebound margin (+21.5) and scoring margin (+41.3). Maryland is coming off a 106-30 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 20 for its largest margin of victory in program history.
Through nine games, UConn ranks in the top five nationally in five statistical categories. Senior Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, N.Y.) tops the team averaging 22.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Tuck heads into Monday’s contest only 15-points shy of 1,000 for her career. She will become the 41st member of UConn’s 1,000 point-club.
Connecticut has won 26 of the last 34 games it has played against opponents ranked in the AP top-five, including the last 12 in-a-row. In fact, UConn has posted a margin of victory of +15.1 points per game over those 34 games. The Huskies are 57-28 all-time vs. the AP top-five, including 49-18 since the beginning of the 1999-00 season.