Dec. 31, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will usher in the New Year with a 4:00pm conference matchup against Central Florida on Jan. 1 in Orlando. The Huskies (13-0, 1-0 American) are fresh off their first American victory following a 67-34 win over Cincinnati in Connecticut on Sunday evening. UCF (8-4, 1-0 American) also defeated their first American foe with a 67-59 win at Houston on Dec. 28. Tomorrow’s game features UConn’s first conference road game of the season. SNY will provide coverage of the game along with ESPN3, in select areas.
The Knights represent UConn’s first encounter with a conference newcomer, being one of four teams to join the Huskies’ league schedule for the first time this season. UCF joins Houston, Memphis, and SMU as previously untested conference opponents for Connecticut this year. Wednesday’s game will pit the Knights against a team from the AP Top-25 for the first time this season.
UConn heads out on its first conference away game having won 90 of its last 97 road games since the 2005-06 season. The Huskies have posted a 3-0 record on foreign courts this season, all of which featured ranked opponents in Maryland, Penn State, and, most recently, Duke.
Though five Huskies currently average double-digit points per game, one player in particular has established herself as an offensive machine. Leading the way for UConn has been sophomore standout Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.). Against Cincinnati, Stewart only hit 4-of-15 from the floor but still finished with a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double. The forward has now recorded four consecutive double-doubles and eleven double-digit games this season. The Syracuse, N.Y. native tops the list of UConn scorer’s this year, averaging 18.7 points per game in addition to ranking first on the team in blocked shots with 37.
Moriah Jefferson (Glen Heights, Texas) joined Stewart and Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.) as the third Husky to record a team-high 12 points against Cincinnati on Sunday evening. Jefferson went 5-for-9 from the floor with an assist, a steal, and four rebounds in the win. The sophomore leads the team in steals, averaging 2.4 per game. Of UConn’s 13 games this season, Jefferson has logged a steal in eleven. In fact, she has registered a takeaway in each of the last six games. The Texas native is enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign in which she has started in every game this season after only starting two games last season.
Following the matchup against UCF, UConn travels to Memphis for a 3:00pm matinee against the Tigers on Jan. 4.