North Carolina State's James Washington, center, is pursued by Connecticut's Ty-Meer Brown, left, and Sio Moore late in the second half of their NCAA college football game in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. North Carolina State won 10-7. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

UConn has four players at the NFL Combine with Blid Wreh-Wreh Wilson, Sio Moore, Dwayne Gratz and Trevardo Williams all considered serious draft prospects.

More on the other guys this week, but two of the bigger movers up the draft boards are Wreh-Wilson, a corner who has been talked about as high as a first round pick by ESPN's Todd McShay, and linebacker Moore, who had a coming out party at the senior all-star games and is looking as high as a 2-3 round pick.

Here's an interview Moore did at a press availability at the combine. Hat tip to my friend Zac Boyer, Redskins writer for the Fredericksburg (Va.) Freelance- Star in Virginia, who is at the combine.

Can you move outside from playing inside linebacker?

Moore:  "Of course, man. I'm played the sam linebacker position, the strongside. [I've] taken on -- you name the block,  and I've been able to do that at a pretty good pace. I'm comfortable with how I've played the position of linebacker."Do you feel you're underrated? You're kind of unknown playing in the Big East.

Moore: "I mean, I've always felt like everything I go into, I've got to go into with a chip on my shoulder. You know, I  haven't been given a lot. I'd rather earn everything that I do have or I do gain, so you know, when it comes to proving people wrong, I'm used to it."Give me certain examples of how you prove people wrong, and what haven't you had?

Moore: "I haven't had an opportunity, you know? I had to make my own opportunity. I had to make my own way. Even when it comes  to getting to college, you know, it was something that I had to decide I wanted to do for me, and I was able to make that happen. You know, but being at UConn, you know, there were many years -- pretty much every year I was there, people counted us out. They didn't think we could play with the best of them. They didn't think we were gonna win. Well, you know, three out of the five years I was there, we went to bowl games. We won Big East championships and we went to the Fiesta Bowl.

We have good players and we have good coaches and good people at our program, and it's a great honor to come out to, you know, the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game Bowl as well as the combine and showcase that."

Who is it you pattern your game after?

Moore: "I love the game of Von Miller and Daryl Washington -- you know, two guys who really play the game very athletically, and they can play anywhere on the defense as linebackers. They can play on the line, they can pass rush, they can cover, they can play in the box versus the run and they can play the pass game straight up. I like how that game is played. You know, that's something that I want to prove to teams that I can do as well at a high level."

Given how dominant UConn's defense was, do you think that helped you move on to the next level?

Moore

Moore: "Yes sir, man. I mean, when you put on the film, one thing that happens is film doesn't lie. You know, I like to play the game disruptive as well as everyone on my defense. We play with an attitude, you know? Like I tell everybody, when I go out and play football, I play pissed off. I play with a passion to win and the passion to give everything I have to my teammates."

Are there a couple teams you've felt comfortable in meeting with since you've been here?

Moore: "I've met with a bunch of teams, and you know, for me, I'm a guy that I think I can do a lot for any team that comes with interest to me. It's not just one team. I've been interviewed by quite a few."

Was there was a defensive coordinator who you really liked talking to when you broke down plays or did a chalk talk?

Moore: "You know, I think for the most part, when we've done the extensive work with going through plays or formations, all the coaches are knowledgeable. I enjoy doing it because, you know, aside from all the interviews, I love to talk ball. I like to  get back to football and talk to guys who are smart on it."Has there been a certain situation in an interview where you're doing that?

Moore: "You know, I mean, all of them have their own significant ways, man, and I enjoy the process of getting to know all the coaches and hopefully being able to stick with one."Are you working out at API in Florida?

Moore: "Yes, sir. I'm at API in Pensacola, Fla."

Has that helped working out with other linebackers pushing you through the process?

Moore: "Of course, man. When you work out with other linebackers, the first thing you're going to do is compete and try to make each other better, but alongside, you know you're trying to be better, and at this point in the combine you know you're trying to be better than the next guy. You know, it's a great competition. It's great work."

Who else have you been working out with?

Moore: "You know, I've been working out with A.J. Klein, Jamie Collins, LaRoy Reynolds, Cornelius Washington. We're in a group of those guys which are here now. Arthur Brown. It's a small group of us linebackers there, but we work hard every day."

How important was the Senior Bowl? You showed up mid-week and went out and practiced like you had been there the whole time.

Moore: "Man, you know, I had very little time to really make my case, so the first thing I wanted to do once I got out there was make sure that I showed guys that I'm here and I'm a good ballplayer. I felt like I got overlooked, but I was glad to have the opportunity to come out there and show guys what I'm able to do against the top-tier talent. It was an honor as well as a challenge to really show what I can do."Because you were a late addition, did you have a chance to speak to many teams?

Moore: "It was great, actually, because I met with a lot of the guys the week prior at the East-West, and then when I got there, it was a lot of familiar faces, so I got to meet with a bunch of guys as well. It was like seeing guys all over again."

Do you know if the Broncos were involved?

Moore: "I did meet with the Broncos at the East-West."

Any significance in your first name?

October 23 2010:
Connecticut LB Sio Moore [left] has some words with Louisville's Cameron Graham in the game between the Connecticut Huskies and the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville Kentucky.Moore: "Yes, sir. My full first name is Snorsio. It means ‘God is the greatest,' and Sio means ‘Greatest.' I was born in Liberia. It's a crew name. That's where my family comes from. My named me that. It's a heavy name and a great purpose."

How long have you been here?

Moore: "I came when I was a little less than one year old, so basically … yeah."

Do you still have ties?

Moore: "Yes, sir. A majority of my family is still over in Liberia."

What do they think about football?

Moore: "Oh, they love it now. You know, they've grown to love it throughout the years now, and it's been an amazing experience to see family happy for you and see little cousins there that always want to talk to me about it now. It's cool."

How many guys from UConn are here?

Moore: "There's four of us here."

I guess the question is, if you have all that talent here, why didn't you have a little bit better of a season?

Moore: "I'm scratching my head thinking about it each and every day, man. When you go through the bowl games, you know, you give credit to the teams that are there, but then you look at the teams that we had and what we were doing, it's a very tough situation, but it just shows you how great it is to win because it really is the littlest things that make the difference."

So what went wrong for UConn?

Moore: "You know, I think we had to capitalize and really take effect on all the little things in all three phases of the game -- on defense, on offense and special teams. You know, we could have did a lot of things better. There's times where the defense -- we let up some points when we weren't supposed to."

Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, combine -- it just keeps getting better. What does it mean to you that people are finally getting noticed?

Moore: "For me, I'm glad people are taking notice, but for me, I'm just going back to work. You know, making my statement and proving my point that I am one of the best linebackers in this class, and I can provide a great deal to a ballclub."

Moore

You said you can do everything, but if you had to pick scheme and position, what would you pick?

Moore: "I don't -- I feel like I don't need to pick. You know, I'm comfortable playing anywhere on the  football field. I had great coaches that were able to teach me the fundamentals and techniques of playing linebacker, and so from there, I feel like I was able to just add to that. And when you add to that, it doesn't matter if it's 3-4 or 4-3, if it's the pass game or the run game -- I'm able to play that at an effective level, and I'm proud of that."

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UConn edges Tulane 00:02:18
The UConn Huskies keep their streak alive with a 63-60 victory over Tulane.

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team survived its first American Athletic Conference fourth-quarter challenge.

Barely.

Kayla Manuirirangi's 40-foot shot to tie was off the mark and the top-ranked Huskies pushed their winning streak to 101 by holding off Tulane 63-60 in AAC play at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans

 

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Geno on young players 00:06:04
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma discusses the freshman wall, an invisible force which can hamper young players.

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma discusses the freshman wall, an invisible force which can hamper young players.

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UConn Trivia Question 00:00:33
What is the fewest amount of points UConn has scored vs. AAC opponents since joining the conference?

Question: What is the fewest amount of points UCONN has scored vs AAC opponents since joining the conference.

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Jan 28, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) drives the ball against Houston Cougars guard Chyanne Butler (1) in the first half at XL Center. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 28, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) drives the ball against Houston Cougars guard Chyanne Butler (1) in the first half at XL Center. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

STORRS, Conn. - Geno Auriemma says plenty to Napheesa Collier in his role as coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

But one thing he never has to tell her is to play harder. That's a lesson the sophomore forward took to heart from her parents, Sarah and Gamal, as a youngster whether she was involved in basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and track and field.

"That started really early," Collier said. "I started playing soccer when I was like four years old. My parents really drilled it into me early that it doesn't matter if you are good or not, you have to give maximum effort."

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn holds on 00:00:39
UConn edges conference rival Memphis on Thursday night, 65-62.

HARTFORD -- Jalen Adams scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to rally UConn to a 65-62 win over Memphis on Thursday night. Christian Vital added 13 points for the Huskies (13-12, 8-5 American), who have a winning record for the first time this season.

Craig Randall II and Markel Crawford each scored 13 for Memphis, which led by as many as 17 points in the first half and by 14 at halftime.

The Huskies began chipping away, but Memphis led 60-53 with just 5 minutes left on a jumper by Jeremiah Martin. UConn scored the next 10 points, taking lead at 61-60 on a runner in the lane by Adams with just under 2 minutes left. >> Read more.

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(AP)

Carl Adamec, SNY.TV:

STORRS, Conn. -- There will never be a 100-game winning streak (or whatever number the streak ends at) banner in Gampel Pavilion as long as Geno Auriemma is the University of Connecticut women's basketball coach.

While there was a championship feel Monday night following the Huskies' 100th consecutive win, no title was on the line. With March two weeks away, 100 percent of their attention is on continuing their championship reigns.

That's how you put up a banner at Gampel Pavilion. 

Tags: Crystal Dangerfield, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse, Napheesa Collier, Saniya Chong, Carl Adamec
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 (Mary Schwalm)
(Mary Schwalm)

Latest Update: (Feb. 15)

3:15 p.m.: Big East associate commissioner John Paquette said on Wednesday that there have been "no discussions between the Big East and UConn," reports Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Previous Reports: (Feb. 15)

1:10 p.m.: The Big East and UConn have held discussions about a possible return to the collegiate conference, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday. The potential return to the Big East would encompass all UConn sports, with the exception of football which has no participants in the league.

 

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(David Butler II (USA Today))

Crystal Dangerfield has shown that she can be a big-game player for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

What the Huskies need the freshman point guard to be as they approach March and the postseason is an every-game player.

With starting guard Kia Nurse struggling to move with a right ankle injury Monday night, coach Geno Auriemma turned to Dangerfield and she responded with 30 minutes of solid play. She finished with five points, seven assists, and a steal as No. 1 UConn made it 100 straight wins by beating sixth-ranked South Carolina 66-55 at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.

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(David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart was sitting maybe 20 feet away from where she would have been standing a year ago.

So close, yet so far.

The three-time national Player of the Year was part of the first 75 games of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's record winning streak. Monday night she was a spectator at Gampel Pavilion for the first time since her senior year of high school and she watched the top-ranked Huskies make it 100 in a row with a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina.

"It was very important to me to be here," Stewart said. "If I was in the country, I was coming to this game...

Tags: Gabby Williams, Kia Nurse, Napheesa Collier, Carl Adamec
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GEICO SportsNite: 100 wins 00:01:12
The UConn women's basketball team defeated South Carolina, 66-55, for its 100th win in a row.

 

STORRS, Conn -- University of Connecticut women's basketball royalty -- from Sue Bird to Maya Moore to Bria Hartley to Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck -- was seated right behind its bench.

And on this extraordinary Monday night at sold-out Gampel Pavilion, Gabby Williams was the queen of the court.

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GEICO SportsNite: Geno on 100 00:18:00
Uconn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma discusses the team's milestone night.

Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma (L) looks on from the sideline against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma (L) looks on from the sideline against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. -- Whether it's the Game of the Century remains to be seen.

But it's a Game for a Century for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

The excitement has been building for a month since the Huskies broke their own NCAA record for longest winning streak. And while a circus atmosphere swirls around Gampel Pavilion, let sophomore forward Napheesa Collier put their approach to Monday night in the simplest of terms.

"We're not focusing on 100. We're focusing on South Carolina as a team," she said.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier dribbles up court against the Temple Owls during the first half at The Liacouras Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier dribbles up court against the Temple Owls during the first half at The Liacouras Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. -- Napheesa Collier won't have to look far to see some familiar faces on the South Carolina sideline Monday night when the top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team hosts the No. 6 Gamecocks at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies' sophomore forward was a teammate of South Carolina junior forward A'ja Wilson on USA Basketball's gold-medal winning teams at the 2014 FIBA U-18 Americas Championship and the 2015 FIBA U-19 world championships. Team USA was coached at both events by South Carolina's Dawn Staley.

"A'ja is a real good player," Collier said. "She's tall and physical but she can also go on the perimeter and play. It's going to be a challenge."

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Kara Wolters displays her gold medal after the USA defeated Australia 76-54 in the women's Gold Medal game at the Superdome, (AP)
Kara Wolters displays her gold medal after the USA defeated Australia 76-54 in the women's Gold Medal game at the Superdome, (AP)

STORRS, Conn. -- Kara Wolters was 6-foot-7 and came from a basketball family.

But when University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma made the one-hour drive to Holliston, Massachusetts, to watch Wolters play, he wasn't sure she had what it took to help the Huskies continue their surge onto the national scene.

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Culmo's Courtvision 00:00:25
Culmo's Courtvision breaks down UConn's screen, where Natalie Butler opened up Katie Lou Samuelson for the easy basket.

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UConn Trivia Question 00:00:22
When was the last time UConn scored 90+ points in seven straight games?

When was the last time UCONN scored 90+ points in 7 straight games?

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ORLANDO -- Rodney Purvis scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Connecticut held off a Central Florida second-half rally for a 66-63 win Saturday night. >>Read more. . .

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UConn runs streak to 99 00:02:15
The Huskies steamrolled over SMU, 83-41, to record their 99th consecutive win.

STORRS, Conn. -- Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams have been part of 100 wins with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

The Huskies' junior class reached the century mark Saturday thanks to the top-ranked Huskies' 83-41 American Athletic Conference victory over SMU before 10,012 at Gampel Pavilion.

"I didn't even think about that," Williams said. "Sometimes we get caught up with everything that's going on that we don't even think about how special the things that we're doing here are. I just feel blessed that we're in this position."

Now UConn and its junior class get to go for 100 in a row.

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(Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. -- Gabby Williams never backs down from a tough defensive assignment.

Fortunately, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior forward is always well prepared, thanks, in part, to Huskies' newcomer Azura Stevens.

"Z is one of those people who if you can guard her, you can guard anyone in the country pretty much," Williams said. "She's a huge threat inside with her height and the way she can finish. It's hard to close out on her because she has a foot on you. She makes things more competitive. You really have to step your game up when she's at practice."

Stevens is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but she is a force at practice, whether it's scrimmaging against All-American candidates Williams or Napheesa Collier or doing drills with associate head coach Chris Dailey and assistant Marisa Moseley. During games, she does her best to support and encourage her teammates.

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(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. - Katie Lou Samuelson played through flu-like symptoms against Maryland on Dec. 29 and scored 23 points in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win at the Xfinity Center in College Park.

The Huskies' sophomore guard may take a back seat to similar symptoms Saturday when No. 1 UConn takes on SMU in an American Athletic Conference game at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 2 p.m.). Samuelson did not practice Friday and coach Geno Auriemma said the decision to play her or not will be made close to game time.

"She's been kind of under the weather for at least the last week or so," Auriemma said. "It wasn't getting any better. So, I don't know about tomorrow. I don't know what her situation will be tomorrow. It's certainly not going to be like regular business. Either she's not going to play at all or she's going to play some minutes. That will be depending on how she feels at shootaround tomorrow.

"It's been a crazy winter as far as that stuff goes. There's a lot of stuff going around and it's been all over campus and everybody. She's been struggling with it for awhile. She's just run down."

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Feb 8, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah (35) makes a basket against the South Florida Bulls in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 8, 2017; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah (35) makes a basket against the South Florida Bulls in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Rodney Purvis scored 23 points and UConn made a school-record 16 shots from 3-point range in a 97-51 rout of South Florida on Wednesday.

Jalen Adams added 18 points and 10 assists and Steven Enoch came off the bench to score 15 points for the Huskies ( 11-12, 6-5 American), who won for the fourth time in five games.

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Huskies' home-court advantage 00:02:15
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma talks about his team's distinct advantage when playing in Hartford and Storrs.

UConn Women's head coach Geno Auriemma talks about his team's distinct advantage when playing at home.

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UConn Trivia Question 00:00:34
Who is the last Husky to shoot 10-for-10 in a single game?

Question: Who is the last Husky to shoot 10 for 10 in a single game?

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UConn blows by Cincinnati 00:02:23
The UConn women's basketball team notched its 98th straight win, crushing Cincinnati, 96-45.

Tamika Williams not only holds the single-season record for field-goal percentage with the University of Connecticut women's basketball program, the 2002 graduate and two-time national champion has the top four single-season marks.

But the former 2002 WNBA first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Lynx, now an assistant coach at Penn State, may seen her monopoly at the top come to an end courtesy of Napheesa Collier.

Collier hit all 10 of her shots from the floor Tuesday night and finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, six assists to no turnovers, and five blocks before taking a seat for good with 11:11 to go. The top-ranked Huskies pushed their NCAA record overall winning streak to 98 and their NCAA record road winning streak to 36 with a 96-49 rout of Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference action before a crowd of 4,029 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Saniya Chong (12) dribbles against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Steven Branscombe)
Connecticut Huskies guard Saniya Chong (12) dribbles against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Steven Branscombe)

STORRS, Conn. -- Saniya Chong is getting a long look from her coaches due to the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's short bench. The Huskies' starting senior guard has had the opportunity to get plenty of fourth-quarter minutes with the game outcome decided.

Top-ranked UConn enters Tuesday night's American Athletic Conference road contest against Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena (SNY, 7 p.m.) having trailed for 1:37 out of a possible 400 minutes in league play. It has an average margin of victory against AAC foes of 44.0 points.

But Chong knows she has to be as focused at the end as she is in the beginning. She wants to set a good example for her younger teammates and she knows that her coaches, particularly Geno Auriemma, are paying attention.

"Even when we're up a lot of points, the coaches and players will still get mad if we make a turnover or a mistake," Chong said. "We want to do in the game what we do in practice, make sure our offense runs smoothly and everything is smooth."

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 (David Butler II (USA Today))
(David Butler II (USA Today))

STORRS, Conn. -- Sometime next season, University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma should record his 1,000th career win. The top-ranked Huskies gave him No. 977 Sunday when they routed American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa, 96-50, at Gampel Pavilion.

Before his game, Auriemma reached out to fellow Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, who won his 1,000th game with the Syracuse men Saturday when the Orange defeated Virginia at the Carrier Dome (of note, 101 of Boeheim's wins have been vacated by the NCAA).

"I texted Jim and I said, 'That's a lot of wins.' And he goes, 'Yeah, you probably did that in 20 years.' I said, 'No, not quite, but almost,' " Auriemma said with a laugh...

Tags: Crystal Dangerfield, Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse, Napheesa Collier, Carl Adamec
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Culmo's Courtvision: Defense 00:00:41
SNY college basketball analyst Meghan Culmo breaks down the UConn women's communication on the defensive end.

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UConn Trivia Question 00:00:31
Who holds the program record for most points in a sophomore season?

Question: Who holds the program record for most points in a sophomore season?

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UConn routs Tulsa, 96-50 00:02:35
Highlights from UConn's dominating performance over Tulsa.

STORRS, Conn. -- Napheesa Collier has not had three consecutive double-doubles in her still young career with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

She entered Sunday's American Athletic Conference game with Tulsa coming off back-to-back double-doubles against Houston and Temple. And at halftime against the Golden Hurricane she was two rebounds shy of a new personal record.

The sophomore forward didn't get there, though she was outstanding with 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the top-ranked Huskies' 96-50 rout of Tulsa before a crowd of 9,347 at Gampel Pavilion.

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STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart had 473 field-goal attempts during her senior season when she was national Player of the Year for the third time and led the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to its fourth straight national championship.

She remembers the one shot that was blocked.

Temple's Donnaizha Fountain earned some recognition a year ago when she came from behind Stewart and rejected her layup bid in the first half of a game in Philadelphia. Fountain then let everyone know about it with a version of Cam Newton's Superman celebration.
 
But when Fountain made a move into the lane during the second quarter of Wednesday night's game at the Liacouras Center, UConn sophomore Napheesa Collier was waiting. The American Athletic Conference's leader in blocked shots stuffed Fountain's bid back in her face, then raced down court and took an outlet pass from Natalie Butler for a layup that was part of her double-double effort of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn loses 00:00:50
The Huskies' three-game win streak ended as they fell to No. 14 Cincinnati, 82-68, despite 20 points from Rodney Purvis.

Kyle Washington scored a career-high 27 points, and Gary Clark had his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday as No. 14 Cincinnati used its front-line advantage and pulled away to an 82-68 victory over UConn, its 14th straight win.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier and guard Saniya Chong celebrate a play against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center. (Rafael Suanes/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier and guard Saniya Chong celebrate a play against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center. (Rafael Suanes/USA Today Sports Images)

STORRS, Conn. -- Only twice out of 38 games during her freshman year with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team did Napheesa Collier play at least 30 minutes.

As a sophomore, the only things that keep her off the floor are fouls and lopsided scores. The 29.5 minutes per game that the 6-foot-1 forward plays is third on the top-ranked Huskies behind Kia Nurse (32.6) and Katie Lou Samuelson (31.5).

If the St. Peters, Missouri native plays 33 minutes Sunday against American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 1 p.m.), she'll match her minutes total from a season ago in just 22 games.

Collier is not complaining. She still has plenty of gas in the tank.

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 (Scott Sewell)
(Scott Sewell)

There was one preseason poll in October that had the University of Connecticut women's basketball team on top. The American Athletic Conference coaches were unanimous in making the Huskies the favorite to win a fourth consecutive league regular season title.

There was hope among the coaches, though, that maybe the gap had closed between UConn -- which was 63-0 in AAC play at the start of the season -- and the best of the rest. South Florida and Temple were expected to give UConn its toughest challenges.

But in a two-week span, the top-ranked Huskies were up to those challenges -- at least the first time around. UConn buried the Bulls by 65 points at the XL Center in Hartford on Jan. 10. Then Wednesday night, the Huskies took a 34-point halftime lead and coasted to a 97-69 win over the Owls at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia...

Tags: Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, Carl Adamec
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 (Roy K. Miller/AP)
(Roy K. Miller/AP)

As the University of Connecticut women's basketball team continues to make history on the court this season, television ratings for its games on SNY are flourishing in both the New York and Connecticut markets.

No better example of that can be found than the impressive numbers from the Huskies win over Temple on Wednesday night.

UConn topped the Owls in Philadelphia by a 97-69 score as the program's record winning streak of 96 rolled on and this year's record improved to a spotless 21-0. The game was telecast by SNY - the television home of UConn women's basketball since 2012. The New York City-based SNY is seen throughout the Northeast on cable television carriers and nationally on satellite and telecommunication providers.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma coaches during the second half against the Temple Owls at The Liacouras Center. (Bill Streicher)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma coaches during the second half against the Temple Owls at The Liacouras Center. (Bill Streicher)

PHILADELPHIA -- They went their separate ways in 2014 when Louisville -- the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's rival in the Big East for eight years and American Athletic Conference for a season -- joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But after three years, the Huskies and Cardinals have found each other again and that is good news for the sport.

UConn and Louisville have agreed to a home-and-home series starting next season. When the contract is signed by the schools, the Cardinals will play in Connecticut in 2017-18 -- likely in January or February -- with the Huskies visiting the KFC Yum! Center in 2018-19.

"This was always kind of going to be in the works, and was always kind of going to happen," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday night after No. 1 UConn defeated Temple 97-69 in American Athletic Conference action at the Liacouras Center. "It took them a little bit longer to put together than we anticipated.

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Geno Auriemma Show 00:01:55
UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma discusses team motivation on this week's show.

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Who did UConn lose to in the 1991 Final Four of the NCAA tournament?

Question: Who did UConn lose to in the Final Four of the 1991 NCAA Tournament?

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Full game highlights of the UConn women vs. Temple in a 97-69 victory.

PHILADELPHIA -- Geno Auriemma has always taken pride in the way his University of Connecticut women's basketball team plays on the road.

The hall of fame coach took pride in the way the Huskies played Wednesday night in setting a NCAA record for consecutive road wins.

Napheesa Collier had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Lou Samuelson added 24 points as No. 1 UConn rolled past Temple 97-69 in American Athletic Conference action before 4,371 at the Liacouras Center.

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Jan 24, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Williams looks on during the second half of the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. the Connecticut Huskies defeated the East Carolina Pirates 91-44.  (James Guillory (USA Today))
Jan 24, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Williams looks on during the second half of the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. the Connecticut Huskies defeated the East Carolina Pirates 91-44. (James Guillory (USA Today))

Katie Lou Samuelson admitted after the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win over Maryland on Dec. 29 that the first six weeks of the season felt like six months.

But after rolling through January and the first half of their American Athletic Conference schedule, there's a light at the end of the tunnel for the sophomore All-American candidate and the top-ranked Huskies. Six weeks from today, they figure to be preparing for their first-round NCAA tournament game at Gampel Pavilion.

There's a lot of work to do between now and then, though, starting with Wednesday's AAC showdown with Temple at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia (SNY, 7 p.m.). UConn, which is seeking its 96th straight win overall and a NCAA record 35th consecutive road victory, has nine regular season games left -- eight in the league and South Carolina on Feb. 13.

The February stretch drive is on and it's time to pick up the pace.

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(Matt Cashore)

Kia Nurse has her 1,000 career points. But if there's something else the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior guard would like to add to her individual resume, it's a double-double.

She made a run at one Saturday in the top-ranked Huskies' 91-42 American Athletic Conference win over Houston at the XL Center in Hartford. Nurse finished with 16 points and eight assists before taking a seat for good with 4:35 left.

Her assists were spread out to six players -- Gabby Williams and Kyla Irwin two each, and Napheesa CollierKatie Lou SamuelsonSaniya Chong, and Natalie Butler one apiece. Of course, Nurse knew where two more potential assists could have come from.

"One of them was a layup at the end that we missed and I'm not going to mention any names, Kyla," Nurse said with a laugh. "That would have been nine. The other one ..."

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UConn battled conference rival Tulane in Storrs on Saturday, earning a 76-68 victory.

Kentan Facey scored 20 points and Amida Brimah added 18 as UConn recovered from a slow start to defeat Tulane 78-68 in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday in Storrs.

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UConn women's basketball rolls over Houston, 91-42, to extend win their win streak to 95.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- It had not happened in six weeks.

When Chyanne Butler scored on a drive to give Houston a two-point lead with 3:43 gone off the clock Saturday, it marked the first time the University of Connecticut women's basketball team had trailed since Dec. 11 at Kansas State, a stretch of 439:42.

How did the Huskies respond?

UConn held Houston without a point for the next 9:30 while scoring 21 of its own. And the rout was on.

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Yale-New Haven Health presents Culmo's Courtvision.

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Mercedes presents UConn Trivia.

Question: Who are the only 3 players in UConn history to average 20+ points in a single season?

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Connecticut Huskies forward Morgan Tuck (3) speaks to the media after defeating the Syracuse Orange 82-51 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock)
Connecticut Huskies forward Morgan Tuck (3) speaks to the media after defeating the Syracuse Orange 82-51 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock)

Morgan Tuck can only watch now, but she could have been part of all the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 94-game winning streak.

After earning her spot in the Huskies of Honor as a WBCA All-American and helping UConn to its fourth straight national championship last April, Tuck opted to leave with her original class of Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson and not use her final year of college eligibility. She was the third overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun.

If the Bolingbrook, Illinois native only knew then what she knows now.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams drives the ball against Memphis Tigers forward Cheyenne Creighton in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams drives the ball against Memphis Tigers forward Cheyenne Creighton in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

STORRS, Conn. -- Women's basketball fans from around the country are becoming familiar with the exploits of University of Connecticut junior forward Gabby Williams.

Forty-five minutes after the No. 1 UConn completed a 91-44 victory at East Carolina Tuesday night, the 1.56 million Twitter followers of ESPN analyst Jay Bilas learned a little more about Williams as well.

"UConn's Gabby Williams had 16 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals against ECU. Most complete player in college hoops," Bilas tweeted.

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Connecticut Huskies forward Gabby Williams (15) is greeted by teammates after coming out of the game during the second half against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. (James Guillory)
Connecticut Huskies forward Gabby Williams (15) is greeted by teammates after coming out of the game during the second half against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. (James Guillory)

When the University of Connecticut women's basketball team became a contender in the Big East in the late 1980s, coach Geno Auriemma had a theory on what it would take to get the Huskies over the top.

To win a title in the 16-game, round-robin format, UConn needed to win all of its home games and go .500 on the road.

Those days, like their time in the Big East, are gone. But one of the things that separates the Huskies from most others is their ability to thrive when they travel.

Top-ranked UConn tied its own NCAA record of 34 consecutive road wins Tuesday night, pounding host East Carolina 91-44 in American Athletic Conference action at Minges Coliseum.

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Jalen Adams sores a game-high 20 points to lead the UConn Huskies to a 81-60 victory over the University of South Florida on Wednesday.

Jalen Adams scored 20 points and matched a career-high with 12 assists to lead Connecticut to an 81-60 American Athletic Conference victory over South Florida on Wednesday night.

The Huskies (9-11, 4-4) pulled away for good during a 23-9 run over a nine-minute stretch of the second half. Christian Vital finished with 17 points and Rodney Purvis had 14.

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(Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Kia Nurse knows only one way to play.

So after the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior guard sprinted to catch the lead pass that would lead to the layup that would give her 1,000 career points, she sprinted back on defense.

What else would anyone expect?

Tags: Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, Kia Nurse, Saniya Chong, Carl Adamec
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