STORRS, Conn. -- Yes, the University of Connecticut and Louisville women's basketball teams played three times in 2014 as members of the American Athletic Conference.
STORRS, Conn. -- Whether Katie Lou Samuelson can make a stretch run towards becoming the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's next national Player of the Year while dealing with her injured left ankle remains to be seen.
But it's hard to find many players around the country who are playing better than the Huskies' All-American guard is right now.
Samuelson gave UConn 40 minutes Monday night and scored 26 points as the top-ranked Huskies topped No. 4 Louisville before an announced sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.
STORRS, Conn. -- The Geno Auriemma-coached 2000 United States U-18 national team was scrimmaging at Colorado College when Duke University-bound Alana Beard finished a stunning drive to the basket.
Auriemma blew his whistle and turned to where his assistant at the University of Connecticut, Chris Dailey, and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and her assistant, Mickie DeMoss, were seated in the small gym. They were watching as Team USA's roster included UConn-bound Diana Taurasi and Ashley Battle, and Tennessee-bound Ashley Robinson and Loree Moore.
He then looked over to Summitt and said: "Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss should be fired for not recruiting Alana Beard." Summitt nodded her head in agreement. They didn't get fired, though DeMoss did move on to other jobs. But this June they'll be together again in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dailey, the Huskies' associate head coach, is one of seven people who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2018, it was announced Monday night. She will be the fifth UConn representative in the WBHOF joining Auriemma (Class of 2006) and former players Rebecca Lobo (Class of 2010), Jennifer Rizzotti (Class of 2013) and Kara Wolters (Class of 2017).
For nine seasons, they faced off in February, March, or even April.
But when Louisville left the American Athletic Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014, its women's basketball rivalry with the University of Connecticut that saw the teams play 16 times -- including two national championship games and three league tournament finals -- in those nine seasons went with it.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson will let her game speak for her.
In order to beat the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, you have to play them. Central Florida gets to do it as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
"Every time we play them, I think our team understands them more," UCF second-year coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said following the Knights' 55-37 loss to the Huskies at CFE Arena in Orlando Wednesday night.
AAC newcomer Wichita State will get its first experience against No. 1 UConn Saturdaywhen the Huskies open a three-game homestand against the Shockers at the XL Center in Hartford (SNY, 1 p.m.). UConn has won 86 consecutive games against first-time opponents dating back to a loss to Georgia at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 15, 1996.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ezi Magbegor is only 18 and already a world traveler thanks to her basketball abilities. But the Australian standout is about to get her first look at UConn Nation.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Katie Lou Samuelson passes up 80-degree weather about as often as she passes up an open 3-point shot.
But the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior All-American and resident California girl was content to trade a warm winter night here for a wintry day in New England if it meant not getting on another plane for almost two weeks.
The top-ranked Huskies wrapped up another trip Wednesday night as Samuelson had 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a 55-37 American Athletic Conference win over Central Florida before an announced pro-UConn crowd of 6,155 at CFE Arena. They then headed home where winter and the first three-game homestand of the season awaits.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gabby Williams has a unique way of filling a stat sheet, but has never been concerned about her numbers.
The All-American senior forward does make one exception and that's for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win total. She has been part of 134 of them heading into Wednesday's American Athletic Conference contest against Central Florida at CFE Arena (SNY, 7 p.m.).
HARTFORD, Conn. -- For the first time in program history, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team began a season with four 1,000-point scorers.
They didn't do it on their own.
Seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams and juniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson have combined for 5,736 points as Huskies. The foursome tacked on 79 to their total Sunday as No. 1 UConn rolled past Cincinnati 106-65 in American Athletic Conference action before 12,342 at XL Center. They also combined for 23 of the Huskies' 32 assists. Williams reached the 400-assist plateau Sunday, three days after Nurse got there against South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- On Jan. 3, 1998, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was welcomed by 24,597 orange-clad fans to Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. The 84-69 loss to Tennessee marks the only time in program history the Huskies have played the reigning national champion on the road.
That will change.
A crowd of 18,000 is expected here Thursday night as 2017 national champion and No. 7 South Carolina entertains top-ranked UConn for a non-league showdown at Colonial Life Arena.
Megan Walker had the best seven-day stretch of her young career with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team and she was rewarded for it on Monday.
Walker was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week for the first time. In league wins over Memphis and Tulane she averaged 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Her week-long surge actually began on Jan. 21 when she had a season-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and five assists over 32 minutes in a 113-57 win at Temple. She then had 10 points and six rebounds in the 93-36 victory at Memphis last Wednesday. Then on Saturday against Tulane at Gampel Pavilion, she had 13 points and two assists in a 98-45 triumph...
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team shot a near-school record 72.2 percent from the floor Saturday in its 98-45 American Athletic Conference win over Tulane at Gampel Pavilion.
But the Huskies were even better when it came to being represented Thursday at "3.0 night" during halftime of the UConn-SMU men's game. Nine players on the 12-player roster (75 percent) were among the 361 student-athletes honored by UConn's Division of Athletics.
STORRS, Conn. -- When the University of Connecticut women's basketball team struggled with Tulane a season ago in New Orleans, Kia Nurse was on the Huskies' bench sitting out with an ankle injury.
PHILADELPHIA -- Gabby Williams looked like her All-American self on Sunday, though she's hardly feeling like herself.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior forward is dealing with a hip issue ("It's called a psoas," Williams said. "It leads to the hip flexor and it's enflamed and swollen.") at a tough time. The Huskies were coming off a rough outing with Tulsa on Thursday night and Williams aggravated the injury when she blocked a shot by the Golden Hurricane's Rebecca Lescay with 1:02 left. She walked to the bench in pain.
But that's the kind of thing she'll be dealing with the next two months as her college career winds down. As tough as she has to be physically, she must be as tough mentally.
STORRS, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams made it clear following the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win at Texas Monday that the Huskies need their reserves to step up and lengthen the rotation.
Injuries to the All-American pair Thursday night may leave the bench players no choice. Samuelson re-injured her left ankle in the third quarter of the top-ranked Huskies' 78-60 American Athletic Conference win over Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion. Williams, meanwhile, appeared to aggravate a hip injury in the fourth quarter.
"We have been banged up but that's not an excuse for us at all," UConn All-American Napheesa Collier said. "When a player goes down, you're supposed to respond by playing harder and doing better. We're not doing that."
AUSTIN, Texas -- Katie Lou Samuelson had lost the battle, but at least she won the war.
And the University of Connecticut women's basketball team junior All-American had not lost her sense of humor Monday night after she finished with a game-high 19 points and a swollen left eye as the top-ranked Huskies held off No. 9 Texas 75-71 before a partisan announced crowd of 11,877 at the Frank Erwin Center.
"I just got a nice elbow," Samuelson said. "It got more swollen throughout the game. It's good right now. I think it looks pretty with all the colors."
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Crystal Dangerfield wanted the ball.
More important, her All-American and all-conference award winning teammates with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team wanted her to have it as well.
The sophomore point guard sank two free throws with 8.3 seconds to give her team a two-possession lead and No. 1 UConn survived an inspired effort from ninth-ranked Texas to take home a 75-71 non-league win before an announced crowd of 11,877 at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday.
AUSTIN, Texas -- For almost two decades, Martin Luther King Jr. Day meant national television and a nationally-ranked opponent for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
But while the Huskies have played numerous big games on the third Monday of January, for them there's nothing bigger than remembering whom the holiday honors.
"It's always a special day, especially for everything Dr. King did for African-Americans," UConn All-American Napheesa Collier said. "It's hard for me to explain, but I know some of the things he did as a Civil Rights leader and they were amazing. In part because of what he did, I can play basketball and I can go to school where I want."
On Dec. 30, 2014, Andra Espinoza-Hunter made her verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. Then midway through her sophomore year at Blair Academy in New Jersey, she became the youngest player to commit to the Huskies.
But after waiting more than two years to get to Storrs, her stay lasted just one semester. UConn announced Friday that Espinoza-Hunter has decided to transfer.
"I have enjoyed getting to know Andy and her family," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. "Everyone at UConn wishes Andy all the best as she continues her college career elsewhere."
STORRS, Conn. -- When it comes to dealing with the three referees, Geno Auriemma does the talking for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The Hall of Fame coach had no issues with Dee Kantner, Bryan Enterline, and Kevin Pethtel following No. 1 UConn's 80-44 American Athletic Conference win over Central Florida at Gampel Pavilion Tuesday night. Instead, he saved his best sarcasm for his players, who did not deal with UCF's physical style well.
"The first half offensively we had a chip on our shoulder toward the officials," Auriemma said. "Our players didn't think the officials did a good enough job of helping the UConn players look really, really good. I think some players on our team think it is the officials' job to help them be really good.
Napheesa Collier is experiencing the life of a returning All-American. Her phenomenal sophomore season a year ago put a target on the back of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's forward.
The Huskies' opponents are going harder at her than ever before. But her rivals' efforts pale compared to how hard Collier is on herself.
"I know the work that I put into this and I know that my shots are eventually going to start falling," Collier said. "I try to keep pushing and working through this slump."
TAMPA, Fla. -- It cost $10 million for the University of Connecticut to repair the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion during the summer and fall.
The Huskies women's basketball team would be hard-pressed to tell you how it looks.
"It's kind of always felt like that because we rarely get to play at Gampel," UConn All-American Gabby Williams said. "But this year it has been different. We're like the circus, we go wherever we're told to go."
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Katie Lou Samuelson's second bid in four days for her first career double-double with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team came up just short again, but the junior All-American's expanded game is giving her more paths to get it.
After missing a double-double by one rebound Sunday against Memphis, Samuelson came up one assist short Wednesday, finishing with 19 points and nine assists along with five rebounds and three steals in No. 1 UConn's 96-35 American Athletic Conference rout of East Carolina at Minges Coliseum.
"Since I've been here I've developed so many things in my game that I never had at all," Samuelson said. "I feel comfortable that I can impact the game in all kinds of different aspects. I don't need to every single game because of how versatile our team is. (Wednesday) I had the ball in my hands a lot and was trying to get it up the floor as quickly as I could and find my teammates. They were finishing well so that added up in assists."
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kia Nurse made headlines in Canada the night of Dec. 22 as she scored 24 points for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team in her homecoming game against Duquesne at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
But that wasn't the biggest news of the day in her family. That afternoon, her cousin, Sarah, was among 23 players named to the Canadian women's ice hockey team that will take part in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25.
"She'll probably be the first member of the Nurse family to come home with an Olympic medal, most likely gold," Kia Nurse said. "I'm not going to lie. They are very good and she is very good."
STORRS, Conn. -- Back when the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was trying to win the Big East regular season championship, coach Geno Auriemma had a formula of how the Huskies could get it done.
STORRS, Conn. - Crystal Dangerfield has fit seamlessly into the University of Connecticut women's basketball team lineup that includes a four-year starter and three All-Americans.
It hasn't been as easy as she has made it look. A lot of hard work went into earning her spot. So the Christmas holiday came at a perfect time for the Huskies' sophomore point guard. Not only did she deserve a break, she needed one.
From summer school to her time with USA Basketball's U-19 national team, to the Huskies' tour of Italy, to preseason and the start of the regular season, Dangerfield has been going non-stop. But following UConn's win over Duquesne on Dec. 22, she got to spend five days at home with her family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
"I just wanted to clear my mind," Dangerfield said on Friday...
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Chris Dailey was impressed, and it had nothing to do with the top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 88-64 victory over Oklahoma in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
As part of the postgame celebration of win No. 1,000 for head coach Geno Auriemma and his associate head coach Dailey, several members of the 1985-86 Huskies -- their first team -- were introduced to the sellout crowd. Among the players returning to the state was Jennifer Weideman.
"She came from France and that's pretty impressive," Dailey said. "I don't know if I would have come all that way...
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson buried a 3-pointer with 3:37 left Tuesday night and the event staff at Mohegan Sun Arena began handing out commemorative posters to the sellout crowd.
The remaining time was a countdown to Geno Auriemma's 1,000th win with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. But the milestone didn't come without Oklahoma making it interesting.
Napheesa Collier, Azura Stevens, Samuelson and Kia Nurse combined for 77 points as the top-ranked Huskies made Auriemma the fourth Division I women's coach to reach the plateau with an 88-64 victory over the Sooners before 9,151 fans in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The irony wasn't lost on Geno Auriemma that the first opportunity to win his 1,000th career game would come at a casino.
There were no guarantees when he came from Virginia or when Chris Dailey came from Rutgers to take over the University of Connecticut women's basketball team that success would follow. Prior to his hiring on May 18, 1985, the Huskies had one winning season and an overall record of 92-162.
But the gamble paid off, thanks to his own skills, knowledge and personality, and his ability to bring in players that bought into his philosophy.
STORRS, Conn. -- Chris Dailey's first impression of working alongside Geno Auriemma 32 years ago has lasted a lifetime.
"I thought he was crazy," Dailey said Monday of their Nov. 23, 1985, debut on the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's sideline, a 73-67 overtime win at Iona that featured Auriemma picking up two technical fouls. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' "
What Auriemma and Dailey have done together with the Huskies since is, well, crazy as evidenced by the 11 national championship banners that hang inside Gampel Pavilion.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will try to make history for its coach Geno Auriemma on Tuesday night, but Sherri Coale has been there and done that.
Auriemma will go for his 1,000th career win when the top-ranked Huskies (8-0) face Coale and Oklahoma in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena. He would be the third or fourth women's coach -- depending on the result of Tuesday afternoon's North Carolina-Grambling game as the Tar Heels' Sylvia Hatchell seeks the four-figure plateau -- in the 1,000-win club.
But Coale already knows how to throw a wrench in an opponent's plans. On Feb. 2, 2009, the Sooners defeated Tennessee 80-70 in Oklahoma City to deny late Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt of her 1,000th win in her first attempt. Summitt would reach the milestone three days later against Georgia.
"I never looked at Connecticut's schedule and I was unaware of it until people started talking about it a couple of weeks ago," Coale said Monday. "It's crazy how that works out, isn't it?"
Bill Self started his Hall-of-Fame career as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas in 1985. He came full circle -- through an assistant's position at Oklahoma State and head coaching jobs at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois -- when he became the top man with the Jayhawks in 2003.
He's checked about all the boxes on the list of accomplishments, including the 2008 national championship.
But would he like to travel around the Big 12 and the country with his team riding a 90- or 100-game winning streak?
A picture is worth 1,000 words, but when Kim Belliveau was standing next to Geno Auriemma in the official photo of his first University of Connecticut women's basketball team from the 1985-86 season she never could have guessed how the Huskies' story would be written.
Belliveau was the UConn assistant coach not named Chris Dailey at the start of Auriemma's tenure. And while she is an answer to a trivia question today, she may have been the best-known person on the staff among the girls/women's basketball world in the state at the time. Belliveau was a star guard at Putnam High -- located in the "quiet corner" of northeastern Connecticut.
She then went on to have a record-breaking career at William Penn University in Iowa where she helped lead the Lady Statesmen to the 1981 AIAW Division II national championship before returning home and starting work on her masters degree at UConn...
Geno Auriemma is no longer the coach of the United States national team, but the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's present and past is well represented on the 2017-20 Team USA pool that was announced by USA Basketball on Thursday.
Junior All-Americans Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier are among the 29 players in the pool from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected. Also named were eight former Huskies' stars: four-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, two-time Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles and Maya Moore, fellow 2016 Olympic gold medalist Breanna Stewart and her UConn classmate Morgan Tuck, Stefanie Dolson, and Tiffany Hayes.
Available members of the pool will participate in a minicamp Feb. 9-11, 2018, at the University of South Carolina. Collier and Samuelson will not attend as UConn entertains American Athletic Conference newcomer Wichita State at the XL Center on Feb. 10, and hosts former Big East and AAC rival Louisville on Feb. 12 at Gampel Pavilion...
His team had built an eight-point lead in the second quarter against Notre Dame, and University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma decided to give Kia Nurse a break.
It turned into a break for the Irish. By the time Nurse returned 2:15 later, the game was tied. Then when the senior guard went back to the bench after 51 seconds with her second foul, Notre Dame continued its run that gave it a double-digit lead.
But once the second half started, Nurse was on the floor to stay. And at the finish, she and her teammates were at their best. Nurse and teammate Azura Stevens sparked a game-closing 22-3 run as No. 1 UConn downed third-ranked Notre Dame 80-71 last Sunday in the Jimmy V Classic at XL Center.
Jasmine Lister knows what it's like to be on the opposite sideline from the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. The former Vanderbilt University point guard faced the Huskies in the 2013 NCAA tournament second round at Gampel Pavilion.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The XL Center's sellout crowd was already in full throat Sunday as the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was in the midst of its biggest comeback in almost a decade.
Then the 15,564 fans found another level with 4:50 left when junior All-American Katie Lou Samuelson -- who had gone to the UConn locker room several minutes earlier to get her left ankle examined -- returned to the Huskies' bench. She sat down next to associate head coach Chris Dailey and hoped to convince head coach Geno Auriemma she was ready to be part of the rally.
"I thought I would be able to go back in, and I was pretty bummed that I didn't," Samuelson said. "But when your teammates are playing that great, I was happy to watch and support them the best I could. We showed we're going to have that heart and that fight no matter who is out there."
Without Samuelson and fellow All-American Gabby Williams (migraine), UConn used a closing 22-3 run to gain an 80-71 win over No. 3 Notre Dame in the annual Jimmy V Classic.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Azura Stevens was playing in her first game for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team against Notre Dame, but had faced the Irish four times in her two years at Duke.
Did being familiar with Notre Dame help the redshirt junior forward Sunday?
"Besides the familiarity of wanting to beat them? Not really," Stevens said with a laugh.
Napheesa Collier entered her junior season with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team coming off one of the best sophomore years in Huskies' history that ended with her being a consensus first-team All-American and the American Athletic Conference's Co-Player of the Year.
But she was determined to be better and set a goal of expanding her game in the hopes of helping UConn regain the national championship. The top-ranked Huskies are off to a solid start as they prepare to host No. 3 Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford Sunday at 4 p.m.
Collier, though, is not that happy with herself.
It was a delay of game that the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was happy to accept. A year ago, the Huskies were looking into scheduling a homecoming game for Sparks, Nevada, native Gabby Williams, who was on her way to an All-American junior season. The only problem was that UConn's 13-game non-league schedule -- which included the recently-added Nike PK80 Invitational in Eugene, Oregon -- was filled.
Enter Seton Hall and coach Tony Bozzella.
UConn and Seton Hall had signed a deal to start a home-and-home series during the 2017-18 season. But the Huskies reached out to Bozzella and the Pirates, who agreed to push back the series by one year giving UConn the opening to schedule Tuesday night's game against Nevada in Reno.
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When Gabby Williams talks about how far she's come in the last four years, it has little to do with the distance she traveled to be part of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The journey hits home for the Sparks, Nevada, native Tuesday night when the senior All-American leads the top-ranked Huskies onto the floor in neighboring Reno for a game with the University of Nevada at the Lawlor Events Center.
"I want to show the people that saw me play in high school that I'm now a totally different player," Williams said. "I want to show them how much I've improved, and how I am a different player in the new position that I'm in. And I'm excited for that. But then I have a lot of friends who don't even understand basketball that much, and they're just excited to see me play in person and see and meet my teammates. That's exciting for me, too...
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Kia Nurse is an academic All-American, yet she struggles to comprehend a pair of one-syllable words when used together:
For example, Nurse scored 12 points and Team Canada won the gold medal at FIBA AmeriCup 2017 with a 67-65 win over host Argentina in Buenos Aires on Aug. 13. The next day, she flew to Italy -- a journey of approximately 6,930 miles -- and on Aug. 15, she scored 18 points in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 68-52 exhibition win over the Dutch national team in Rome.
Geno Auriemma and his University of Connecticut women's basketball coaching staff deserved to take a break after signing two of top players in the high school Class of 2018 this month.
But the Huskies didn't win 11 national championships and advance to 18 NCAA Final Fours by resting on their laurels. In modern-day recruiting, a coach's work is never done.
While UConn may add to its class of Christyn Williams (5-foot-11 guard, Little Rock, Arkansas) and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (6-foot-4 forward/center, Winder, Georgia), some focus has turned to younger players, including two who represented their country for the first time last summer...
There are few, if any, college basketball arenas in the nation with the history and tradition of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
The 11-time national champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team will play under the UCLA men's 11 national championship banners for the second time in its history Tuesday night. The No. 1 Huskies figure to have their toughest matchup of the young season as they take on the fifth-ranked Bruins in a nationally-televised showdown.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- It's not like Azura Stevens hasn't started a game before. The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's redshirt junior forward was on the floor for the opening tip 51 of the 58 games she played in two seasons at Duke before transferring here 18 months ago.
But this is not Duke. And with All-American Katie Lou Samuelson sidelined with a sprained left foot, Stevens is -- what All-American Gabby Williams says -- "the next man up." In Stevens' first start for UConn on Sunday, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native responded.
Stevens finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds -- one of six Huskies in double figures and one of three with double-doubles -- as top-ranked UConn coasted to a 97-72 win over No. 15 Maryland before 10,126 at XL Center.
"Z did well, really well, and I was proud of her," Williams said. "She came in and knew what she was good at. She didn't look afraid. She was ready to go out there and compete."
STORRS, Conn. -- It had to feel like deja vu all over again for Katie Lou Samuelson.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior All-American hit the floor after being fouled with 4:02 left in the first half Friday night. After being helped to her feet, she gingerly took a few steps on her injured left foot and signaled to the Huskies' bench she needed to come out of the game.
In the 2016 NCAA Final Four semifinals against Oregon State in Indianapolis, Samuelson broke a bone in her left foot while grabbing an offensive rebound in the game's opening minute but managed to play the entire first half. She missed the national championship game against Syracuse two days later but then had seven months to recover.
STORRS, Conn. -- It was 26 years ago -- Nov. 24, 1991, to be exact -- that Rebecca Lobo played her first game for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team as the Huskies took on California in Berkeley.
The coincidence that Lobo will become the first former UConn player to have her own banner recognizing her 2017 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame placed in Gampel Pavilion on Friday with No. 20 California here to face the Huskies (SNY, 7 p.m.) wasn't lost on coach Geno Auriemma.
"It's amazing the way things come around," Auriemma said on Thursday. "How many years later, 26? She's getting a banner here and we're playing Cal. What are the chances, right? That is the craziest thing."
It was better late than never for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Actually, the fall recruiting signing period could not have gone any better for the Huskies.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a 6-foot-4 center from Winder, Georgia, has signed a letter of intent to attend UConn on Wednesday, the final day of the fall signing period. Rated the No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2018 by ESPNHoopgurlz, she also considered Duke, Florida State, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Last week, UConn signed the nation's top recruit, Christyn Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Arkansas...