BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Geno Auriemma expects this UConn team to be regularly tested this season, and the top-ranked Huskies certainly had to earn their two road victories in a four-day span.
"This is how the majority of the world lives," UConn's coach said of playing tough games out of town. "It's not bad living in the real world."
Katie Lou Samuelson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 UConn held off a late rally from 14th-ranked and previously unbeaten California in a 76-66 win Saturday.
Napheesa Collier added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Huskies' 126th straight regular-season victory and 58th consecutive in nonconference play. On Wednesday, Collier had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead UConn's 12-point comeback win over Oklahoma, 72-63.
Samuelson, whose two older sisters played at Cal rival Stanford, shot 9 for 14 as the Huskies (11-0) landed five players in double figures - and needed all those contributions.
"Our margin for error obviously has changed over the years. This is one of those years where we have to be prepared to grind it out every night," Auriemma said. "It's like that's our thing this year, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In some parts of the game tonight we got the worst. I think the more of those situations that we're in, the better team we will become." >> Read More
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