By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. -- What's in a name?

Kaleena Jordan Lewis was born on Nov. 3, 1993. And even before she entered Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., she had begun to make a name for herself on the basketball court.

But before the start of her freshman year she approached her mother, Sundy, with an idea. She wanted to hyphenate her last name to include her mother's maiden name, Mosqueda.

Meet Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

"I just wanted to have ... With my dad not really around anymore, I just wanted to be more connected to my mom," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I'm very close to the Mosquedas and I wanted to be a part of them with that last name.

"I told my mom, 'I want to have your last name when I go to high school. I want to share that with you.' She was like, 'Good, that's up to you.' She was teary-eyed away from me, she admitted later. But right then she had to show how strong she was."

Like mother like daughter.

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team’s sophomore forward has had an All-American kind of season. She leads the Huskies in scoring (17.4) and the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (50.0). She enters the NCAA tournament with more rebounds, assists, and steals than she had her freshman year. She was named to the all-Big East first team earlier this month and was named a WBCA Region 1 nominee Tuesday. That makes her eligible for the 10-member WBCA All-America team.

UConn (29-4) is the top seed in the NCAA tournament Bridgeport Regional and will begin its bid for a record sixth straight Final Four appearance Saturday against Western Athletic Conference tournament champion Idaho at Gampel Pavilion.

"I am a lot like my mom, and I think that the older I've gotten the worse it's become in being more like my mom," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "My mom is very nosy. She has to know everything. My mom loves to talk. My mom loves sports. She's probably the most competitive person that I've met in my life, whether it's shooting paper into a trash can or just playing softball. And she's the most caring person ever. She'll try to help anybody whenever she can, which is the reason that she got into

nursing in the first place. She wanted to help people. She went from working in the ER to the mother/baby unit and she loves every single one of them. It takes a strong person to work in that field and my mom is a strong person.

"The thing I take most from my mom is probably the competitiveness. I might not want to say that I want to win at every single thing but in my mind I'm always thinking, 'I need to win this.' "

Sundy Ali (she's married to Mosqueda-Lewis' stepfather Khairi) was a standout softball player at Mater Dei and went on to play in college. Her daughter believed that adding her mother's maiden name to her own would make the adjustment to high school easier.

"Going into high school I wanted to have the same name as my mom," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "That was actually how a lot of teachers at school recognized me, through my mom's name. My mom had the same Spanish and math teachers I had. The guidance counselors were my mom's teachers. I wanted to have that connection with her.

"And it was really important to me to do it because it allowed me in a way to share a family legacy at Mater Dei. She was a very good softball player there and the coach even asked me if I wanted to play. But with basketball there was no time for that."

Mosqueda-Lewis finished her career at Mater Dei as the school's all-time leader in points (2,744), rebounds (876), and 3-pointers made (337). As a senior, she led her team to a perfect season, its third straight CIF-SS Division 1AA title, and its second consecutive state crown.

She also won gold medals with the United States U-16 national team in 2009, and world championship gold medals with the U-17 team in 2010 and the U-19 team in 2011.

Standing behind her was her No. 1 fan.

"My mom doesn't get mad often, it's more like a disappointment," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "The main thing my mom stressed a lot was grades. My mom's really big on getting good grades. She feels that if I'm not getting good grades I'm not doing things to my full potential. She always tells me, 'The only reason that you got a basketball scholarship was so you could go to school for free.'

"She usually lets me come to her if I've had a bad game. She knows when I need a little time away, when I don't really want to talk about it. Then she knows when it's time to settle it and it's time to talk about it."

Her Mexican heritage is also important.

"Being a part of a Mexican family is incredible," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I'm lucky I have so many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and the camaraderie we have as a family. My uncles and cousins watch all the games together and the family is all so supportive. Just the fact that I have a family that tells me how proud they are of what I've done and proud of all the work that I've put in means a lot.

"I speak Spanish. It used to be a lot better when I was younger. It's OK. I can get by. When we went to Mexico for the U-16 tournament in 2009 I was able to communicate. And my mom speaks it fluently as you might think. When she gets mad, it's in Spanish."

She probably does not need Spanish where she's going the next month, which Mosqueda-Lewis hopes is here, Bridgeport, and New Orleans.

But she wants her mother there every step of the way as the Huskies pursue an eighth national championship.

"My mom is just one of the toughest ladies I know," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "She doesn't push me to get things done. But then at the same time she knows when I need mom and that shoulder to lean on."

What's in a name? To Mosqueda-Lewis, it's quite a lot.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn wins 00:01:11
The UConn Huskies women's basketball team defeated Notre Dame, 72-61, to keep its winning streak alive.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's winning streak is alive.

Gabby Williams and her fellow Huskies would not let it die.

Williams played 40 minutes for the first time in her career and had 19 points to match her career high, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a career-high matching five steals as No. 1 UConn broke away from a late third-quarter tie to defeat second-ranked Notre Dame, 72-61, Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 9,149 at Purcell Pavilion.

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UConn TV Timeout: Natalie Butler 00:01:32
SNY.tv profiles UConn center Natalie Butler in the latest TV Timeout.

You've seen what the UCONN Women's Basketball team is like on the court, but what about off the court? SNY.tv's TV Timeouts provide an in-depth look at the players' personalities, hobbies, thoughts on Coach Auriemma and playing at UCONN.

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Dec 1, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the DePaul Blue Demons in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated DePaul 91-46.  (David Butler II (USA Today))
Dec 1, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the DePaul Blue Demons in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated DePaul 91-46. (David Butler II (USA Today))

Napheesa Collier couldn't wait to be a part of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's rivalry with Notre Dame.

So on a cold December morning two years ago, less than a month after signing her letter of intent with the Huskies, Collier and her mother, Sarah, made a five-hour drive here from their home in St. Peters, Missouri. They bought their own tickets and ended up in the next-to-last row atop Purcell Pavilion across from the UConn bench.

"It was crazy being there and watching my future teammates play," Collier recalled.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn vs. Cuse 00:01:05
UConn men's basketball defeats Syracuse, 52-50, on the strength of a pair of late free throws at Madison Square Garden.

Christian Vital made two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play to give Connecticut a 52-50 victory over Syracuse on Monday night in the Tire Pro Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Andrew White III hit a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left to bring Syracuse into a 50-50 tie. Rodney Purvis missed a 3-point attempt for the Huskies but Vital was fouled on the rebound. Syracuse's final chance was a long inbounds pass that was stolen by Connecticut.

Purvis had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (4-4) while Jalen Adams had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Kentan Facey had a career-high 13 rebounds.

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Connecticut Huskies forward Katie Lou Samuelson celebrates during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Tucker Center (Tallahassee). (Melina Vastola/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies forward Katie Lou Samuelson celebrates during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Tucker Center (Tallahassee). (Melina Vastola/USA Today Sports Images)

Katie Lou Samuelson didn't need many words Sunday to describe the first 6:27 of her performance against Texas.

"Useless," she said.

However, the number of words she used was more than the combined points and rebounds the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's sophomore guard had in that time. She did, though, have three turnovers, two fouls -- including a Flagrant 1 upon review -- and one seat on the bench for the rest of the first half.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis drives the ball around Boston University Terriers forward Nick Havener in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis drives the ball around Boston University Terriers forward Nick Havener in the first half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

As members of the Big East Conference, the Syracuse Orange and Connecticut Huskies played some of the most memorable games in college basketball history at Madison Square Garden.

But as they return to the Garden for a 7 p.m. game Monday, the Orange and Huskies will be more concerned about finding their identity than making history.

Syracuse, now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, entered this season with six new players among its top nine. After a 4-0 start against low- and mid-major teams, the Orange lost by a combined 31 points to 20th-ranked South Carolina at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and 17th-ranked Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) drives the ball against Baylor Bears forward/center Beatrice Mompremier (32) at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) drives the ball against Baylor Bears forward/center Beatrice Mompremier (32) at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team was given the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

On Wednesday, the Huskies can earn it.

The Huskies (7-0) jumped over Notre Dame into the top spot in the AP poll, receiving 18 first-place votes to the Irish's 15 and edging Notre Dame by two points (809-807). Notre Dame had a six-point lead (803-797) in total points and a 16-14 advantage in first-place votes (South Carolina received three) a week ago.

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SNY UConn Women's Basketball analyst Meghan Culmo will be answering fan questions later this week. To submit a question to Meghan, send an email to uconn@sny.tv or send us a tweet to @SNYtv using the hashtag #snyuconn.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn women 00:00:24
The UConn Women's Basketball team toppled Texas 72-54, for its 82nd consecutive victory.

Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and No. 2 UConn won its 82nd consecutive game with a 72-54 victory over No. 14 Texas on Sunday in the annual Jimmy V Classic.

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Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster, left, speaks with Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, right, before a ceremony to celebrate the life of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool) (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster, left, speaks with Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, right, before a ceremony to celebrate the life of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool) (Mark Humphrey/AP)

One statistic about the 2016 unbeaten national champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team tells all about its dominance.

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(David Butler II)

It's not like Kia Nurse hasn't scored 33 points in a game during her college days before.

On July 20, 2015, Nurse torched her University of Connecticut teammates Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart and Team USA for 33 points to lead the Canada to its first Pan American Games gold medal.

The Huskies didn't need most or all of Nurse's UConn career high points against No. 15 DePaul Thursday night the way Team Canada did against the Americans during the Hamilton, Ontario, native's magical night at the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto. But the Huskies' junior guard needed the kind of performance she had in the 91-46 rout of the Blue Demons at Gampel Pavilion more than anything.

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UConn Trivia: Unranked opponent 00:00:39
In this edition of UConn Trivia, presented by Mercedes-Benz, we ask: who was the last unranked opponent to defeat the Huskies?

Question: Who is the last UConn player to score 40+ points in a game?

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Geno Auriemma on statement games 00:02:52
Geno Auriemma discusses what it means to win against top level teams early in the season.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn WBB win 00:00:41
UConn improves to 6-0 on the season with a 91-46 blowout win over DePaul University, led by 33 points from Kia Nurse.

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STORRS, Conn. -- Geno Auriemma said Tuesday night his University of Connecticut women's basketball team needed a "good, old-fashioned butt kicking."

With 1:53 left in the third quarter of Thursday night's game with DePaul, Katie Lou Samuelson reached out onto the court from the Huskies' bench to give teammate Kia Nurse a smack on the rear end.

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SNY UConn Women's Basketball analyst Meghan Culmo answers fan questions!

Saniya Chong had a nice offensive game against Florida State (first game of season) scoring 16 points. Since then she has only scored 10 points in the last three games. What do you attribute that to as she doesn't look like she is looking to take a shot. Is it lack of confidence or Geno not asking her to score ? -- Janet W.

Meghan Culmo: Hi Janet W, thanks for writing! This is my first official reply! Saniya is incredibly talented offensively. Heck, she averaged 34 points a game her senior year in high school! But, at UConn you are expected to do more than score plus, UConn has many talented offensive weapons. If she wants to find more time on the floor my hunch is she needs to play better on the defensive end of the floor. Thanks again for writing!

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UConn Trivia: 15 field goals 00:00:49
In this edition of UConn Trivia, presented by Mercedes-Benz, we ask: who was the last UConn player to make 15 field goals in a game?

Question: Who is the last UConn player to make 15 field goals in a game?

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Nov 20, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) dribbles against Louisiana State Tigers guard Jenna Deemer (1) during the game at Maravich Assembly Center. Connecticut Huskies won 76-53. (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 20, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) dribbles against Louisiana State Tigers guard Jenna Deemer (1) during the game at Maravich Assembly Center. Connecticut Huskies won 76-53. (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)

Gabby Williams is aware nothing will be easy for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team Thursday night.
The second-ranked Huskies open their difficult December schedule against No. 15 DePaul at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 7 p.m.). While UConn has dominated the series with the Blue Demons, having won 13 consecutive meetings since 2006 when they played as members of the Big East, a number of the games the past decade have been closer than the final scores would indicate.

Take their 2015 matchup in Chicago, for example. UConn saw a double-figure lead cut to five in the fourth quarter. It took a 3-pointer by Katie Lou Samuelson to spark a late surge that resulted in an 86-70 win.

 

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UConn defeats Boston University 00:02:21
The UConn men's hoops team earned its first home win of the season, edging Boston University 51-49.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Freshman Christian Vital scored 13 points and UConn held off Boston University 51-49 on Wednesday night.

Kentan Facey added eight points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (3-4), who picked up their first home win, despite shooting just 32 percent from the field.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they takes on the Baylor Bears at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they takes on the Baylor Bears at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The rain came down hard at times outside the XL Center Tuesday night.

Inside, it was coach Geno Auriemma pouring cold water on his University of Connecticut women's basketball team, which seemed to need a bit of a wake-up call.

The second-ranked Huskies made it 80 wins in a row by beating Chattanooga 80-43. But the energy and effort wasn't what the Hall of Fame coach wanted and the lack of fire seemed to permeate into the crowd of 6,090, which watched quietly for the most part.

"That's the world we live in today," Auriemma said. "We used to be different. We used to be special, somewhat. We're like everyone else now. Our guys play when they're in the mood. They get in a defensive stance when they feel like it. The second half they felt like it. The first half they didn't. Hall of Fame coach or not, they don't care."

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Culmo's Courtvision: Offense 00:00:57
SNY UConn analyst Meg Culmo talks about UConn's spacing on the offensive end during the Huskies' win over Chattanooga

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UConn Trivia: Unranked opponent 00:00:39
In this edition of UConn Trivia, presented by Mercedes-Benz, we ask: who was the last unranked opponent to defeat the Huskies?

Question: Who is the last unranked opponent to defeat the Huskies?

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn WBB 00:00:45
The Huskies improved to 5-0 on the season with a 80-43 win over Chattanooga, extending their winning streak to 80 games.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Napheesa Collier missed her first shot Tuesday night.

It hardly set a tone for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's sophomore forward's performance.

Collier made her next 11 attempts for a career best in field goals and finished with a game-high 23 points as the second-ranked Huskies pushed their winning streak to 80 by defeating Chattanooga 80-43 at the XL Center.

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(Jim Brown)

Geno Auriemma was 24 years old when he accepted an invitation from Jim Foster to join his staff as an assistant coach with the Saint Joseph's University women's basketball team.

Thirty-eight years and 2,281 games as head coaches -- including seven against each other -- later, they are still crossing paths on the sidelines.

Who could have or would have guessed that 38 years ago?

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SNY UConn Women's Basketball analyst Meghan Culmo will be answering fan questions later this week. To submit a question to Meghan, send an email to uconn@sny.tv or send us a tweet to @SNYtv using the hashtag #snyuconn.

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Louisiana State Tigers forward Ayana Mitchell fights for a rebound against Connecticut Huskies guard Molly Bent during their game at Maravich Assembly Center. (Stephen Lew/USA Today Sports Images)
Louisiana State Tigers forward Ayana Mitchell fights for a rebound against Connecticut Huskies guard Molly Bent during their game at Maravich Assembly Center. (Stephen Lew/USA Today Sports Images)

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will likely be short-handed Tuesday night when it takes on Chattanooga at Hartford's XL Center.

Freshman Crystal Dangerfield is expected to miss the matchup with the Mocs as she goes through UConn's concussion protocol. Dangerfield has averaged nine points and 4.3 assists in 24.3 minutes off the bench for the second-ranked Huskies (4-0), who will go for their 80th consecutive win.

Without Dangerfield, freshman guard Molly Bent will get a long look from coach Geno Auriemma. Someone has to fill in those minutes, so why not the 5-foot-9 Centerville, Massachusetts, native?

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the LSU Tigers in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sideline as they take on the LSU Tigers in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II)

Anaya Peoples could sit back and relax and look over the more than 30 scholarship offers the Schlarman Academy sophomore has already received.

But that's not how the 5-foot-10 guard from Danville, Illinois, does things and it's why she is considered one of the top recruits in the Class of 2019.

"I think that with each offer it just inspires me to get into the gym and work harder," Peoples said. "I really appreciate them. But I also know I have a long way to go and that I have to get better."

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn football 00:00:51
UConn?s season ends with a six-game losing streak after falling to Tulane 38-13.

Tulane took advantage of a blocked punt and two interceptions of Donovan Williams to defeat UConn 38-13 Saturday in East Hartford in the season-ending game for both American Athletic Conference football teams.

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Charli Collier practices with USA Basketball. (USA Basketball)
Charli Collier practices with USA Basketball. (USA Basketball)

Charli Collier can focus on her junior season at Barbers Hill High.

That's good news for the 6-foot-4 junior forward from Baytown, Texas, but was better news for the University of Connecticut women's basketball program.

Collier -- who is rated the No. 1 recruit by Prospect Nations, No. 2 by the Blue Star Index, and No. 7 by ESPN Hoopgurlz in the Class of 2018 -- announced on Saturday that she has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Connecticut.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn falls 00:01:24
The UConn Huskies fell to No. 13 ranked Oregon, 79-69, dropping to 2-4 on the season.

Jalen Adams scored a game-high 27 points as UConn lost to No. 13 Oregon 79-69 in the Maui Invitational fifth-place game on Wednesday.

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Nov 11, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Terry Larrier (22) reacts after a play in the last seconds of game against the Wagner Seahawks at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Wagner defeated UConn 67-58. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 11, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Terry Larrier (22) reacts after a play in the last seconds of game against the Wagner Seahawks at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Wagner defeated UConn 67-58. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

UConn guard Terry Larrier will miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL, the school announced Wednesday. 

Larrier sustained the injury during Monday's loss against Oklahoma State in the first round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. 

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Culmo's Courtvision: Samuelson 00:00:41
SNY analyst Meg Culmo breaks down the diverse skills of UConn sophomore guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams (15) prepares to shoot the ball as Oregon State Beavers center Ruth Hamblin (44) defends during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Thomas J. Russo)
Connecticut Huskies guard Gabby Williams (15) prepares to shoot the ball as Oregon State Beavers center Ruth Hamblin (44) defends during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Thomas J. Russo)

STORRS, Conn. -- There are times when no one can stop Gabby Williams, you can only hope to contain her. But in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's first three games, the player most effective in doing that was herself.

The junior forward picked up three fouls in the first 4:21 of the opener against Florida State, two fouls in the opening 4:15 against Baylor, and two fouls in a 23-second span late in the first quarter against LSU.

While she was in a fouling mood coming into Tuesday night's game with Dayton, she was all smiles afterwards. She didn't commit a foul in 26 minutes and recorded her 10th career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a career high five assists in No. 2 UConn's 98-65 victory over the Flyers at Gampel Pavilion.

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UConn Trivia: Huskies leaders 00:00:34
Who are the only four Huskies to finish their careers with 2,000-plus points and 1,000-plus rebounds?

Question: Who are the only 4 Huskies to finish their careers with 2,000+ points and 1,000+ rebounds?

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GEICO SportsNite: Streak hits 79 00:00:57
The UConn Women's basketball team stayed undefeated with a convincing win over the University of Dayton, 98-65.
STORRS, Conn. -- For the first five minutes Tuesday night, Dayton looked like the club that gave the University of Connecticut women's basketball team fits in the 2015 NCAA tournament Elite Eight.

From there, the Huskies made the Flyers look like the team that opened this season with a loss to Quinnipiac.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 29 points, making it back-to-back games with career bests, Napheesa Collier added 22, and Gabby Williams had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2 UConn rolled to a 98-65 win over Dayton before a crowd of 6,443 at Gampel Pavilion.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn Men's BB 00:01:13
The UConn men's basketball team bounces back with a win in the Maui Invitational over Chaminade, led by 23 points from Rodney Purvis.

Jalen Adams had 25 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, helping Connecticut survive for a 93-82 victory over Division II Chaminade Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

UConn (2-3) had a hard time shaking the deep-shooting Silverswords (2-2), who have had a penchant for knocking off big-name opponents.

The Huskies shot 61 percent, yet weren't able to pull away from Chaminade until the closing minutes.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson grabs a rebound against Louisiana State Tigers guard Raigyne Moncrief during their game at Maravich Assembly Center. (Stephen Lew/USA Today Sports Images)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson grabs a rebound against Louisiana State Tigers guard Raigyne Moncrief during their game at Maravich Assembly Center. (Stephen Lew/USA Today Sports Images)

Katie Lou Samuelson is coming off her highest scoring game when No. 2 UConn faces Dayton on Tuesday.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn in Maui 00:00:44
UConn men's basketball was defeated 98-90 in a matchup against Oklahoma State in the Maui Invitational.

The University of Connecticut men's basketball cut an 18-point deficit into single digits in the second half, but it was not enough as the Huskies lost to Oklahoma State 98-90 on Monday at Lahaina Civic Center.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (2) shoots against Northeastern Huskies guard Donnell Gresham Jr. (22) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)
Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (2) shoots against Northeastern Huskies guard Donnell Gresham Jr. (22) in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II)

After beginning the season with losses at home to Wagner and Northwestern, UConn held a players-only meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday. 

The Huskies would go on to win their first game of the season later that night as they rallied late to beat Loyola Marymount 65-62.

"Everybody's relaxed now and just playing basketball," said sophomore G Jalen Adams. "Before, everybody was just so tense after we lost the first one. Everybody was just trying to do everything."

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UConn recruit Lexi Gordon (Courtesy of USA Basketball)
UConn recruit Lexi Gordon (Courtesy of USA Basketball)

Lexi Gordon reached the 2,000-point plateau in her high school career Friday. The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's Class of 2017 signee would have gladly traded a bunch of them for a couple of wins.

L.D. Bell High's all-time leading scorer hit the milestone with a layup off of a steal early in the Lady Raiders' pool-play game against Prestonwood Academy in the Allen Lady Eagle Hoopfest. The 6-foot guard/forward from Fort Worth, Texas, finished with 16 points but L.D. Bell fell 56-53. She would add 20 points in a loss to Cedar Hill in the gold bracket quarterfinals Friday afternoon.

"It was tough," a tired-sounding Gordon said after the Lady Raiders fell to 3-4.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn wins 00:00:27
With their win over LSU, the UConn Huskies women's basketball team pushed their winning streak to 78 straight games.

Katie Lou Samuelson made seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points to lead No. 3 UConn to a 76-53 win over LSU at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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Nov 17, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33), guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) and guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) help guard Gabby Williams (15) up after being fouled by Baylor Bears in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Baylor 72-61. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 17, 2016; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33), guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) and guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) help guard Gabby Williams (15) up after being fouled by Baylor Bears in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Baylor 72-61. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

As Kia Nurse dribbled out the final seconds of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 72-61 win over No. 2 Baylor Thursday night, the crowd of 9,049 -- which had been on its feet for much of the stretch drive -- let out one final roar.

The cheering didn't stop once the third-ranked Huskies reached their locker room.

"We had to grind it out to beat this team," UConn junior Gabby Williams said. "We didn't have to do that last year, and maybe a couple of times my freshman year. It was a lot of fun because so many guys were involved and we had so many key plays."

Freshman Crystal Dangerfield came off the bench to pace four players in double figures, and UConn (2-0) used a decisive 16-2 run to break the game's last tie in the fourth quarter.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

BOSTON (AP) -- Patrick Towles passed for 183 yards and a touchdown in his final home game, Davon Jones added a rushing score and Boston College kept alive its bowl hopes will a 30-0 win over UConn on Saturday.

Eagles senior linebacker Matt Milano added a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Oct 29, 2016; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates linebacker Dayon Pratt (1) tackles Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) during the third quarter at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina defeated Connecticut 41-3. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 29, 2016; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates linebacker Dayon Pratt (1) tackles Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) during the third quarter at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina defeated Connecticut 41-3. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON (AP) -- At the beginning of the year, Boston College set its sights on making it back to the postseason.

With two games to go in the regular season, the Eagles have no margin for error if they want to get there.

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Mar 28, 2016; Bridgeport, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse (11) drives the ball against Texas Longhorns guard Celina Rodrigo (2) during the first half in the finals of the Bridgeport regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Webster Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 28, 2016; Bridgeport, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Kia Nurse (11) drives the ball against Texas Longhorns guard Celina Rodrigo (2) during the first half in the finals of the Bridgeport regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Webster Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. -- Bria Hartley had a glow about her Thursday night as she sat in the first row behind the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's bench Thursday night, and not just because she is pregnant with her first child.

The two-time Huskies' All-American and national champion and current WNBA Washington Mystics guard knew better than anyone how Crystal Dangerfield was feeling after the freshman torched No. 2 Baylor for 19 points in third-ranked UConn's 72-61 win at Gampel Pavilion.

On Nov. 16, 2010, UConn erased an eight-point second-half deficit and defeated Baylor 65-64 at the XL Center in Hartford. It was the Huskies' second victory over the Bears in eight months, No. 77 -- like Thursday night's -- and No. 80 of their NCAA-record 90-game winning streak. Then it was another freshman, Hartley, who playing in her second game at UConn led a late charge as she scored eight of her nine points in a 1:47 span with her 3-pointer with 2:09 to go giving the Huskies the lead for good.

Tags: Crystal Dangerfield, Gabby Williams, Kia Nurse, Kyla Irwin, Molly Bent, Carl Adamec
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Culmo Courtvision: UConn D 00:00:31
SNY analyst Meg Culmo breaks down a play from UConn?s defense in the first half of Thursday?s win against the Baylor Lady Bears.

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 (David Butler II)
(David Butler II)

For many in the crowd of 9,049 at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night, watching Crystal Dangerfield in action in her regular season home debut with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was love at her first sight.

But Katie Lou Samuelson has seen this before from Dangerfield. The two were teammates and roommates with the 2013 United States U-16 national team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico.

So Samuelson was hardly surprised when Dangerfield came in with a breakout performance. The freshman guard had 19 points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 30 minutes off the bench as the third-ranked Huskies downed No. 2 Baylor 72-61 to push their winning streak to 77.

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UConn defeats Loyola, 65-62 00:02:21
Highlights of UConn men's basketball's 65-62 win against Loyola Marymount.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After losing the first two games of the season at home, UConn was in danger of dropping its third straight.

But a late rally ignited the Huskies to their first win of the season.

Terry Larrier scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket, and UConn held on to beat Loyola Marymount 65-62 on Thursday night.

"We were scrambling a bit at the end and we were running on an empty tank," Larrier said. "At the end of the game we were trying to stop them from getting open-look 3s and it's definitely nice to get that first win."

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UConn defeats Baylor, 72-61 00:01:49
Highlights of UConn women's basketball's 72-61 win against Baylor for the team's 77th consecutive victory.

STORRS, Conn. -- If the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's goal is to get better each day, mission accomplished.

After a shaky finish in their season opener at No. 12 Florida State Monday, the third-ranked Huskies closed like a champion Thursday night under the view of their 11th and newest national championship banner.

Freshman Crystal Dangerfield came off the bench for 19 points, five assists, and a pair of steals in a stirring 30 minutes as UConn used a decisive 16-2 fourth-quarter run to break the game's last tie and stun No. 2 Baylor 72-61 before a raucous 9,049 at Gampel Pavilion.

"We were in an attack mode more tonight," UConn guard Katie Lou Samuelson said. "In the fourth quarter we decided that we were the ones who were going to set the pace. We were going to control it. Against Florida State, there were some moments that we thought, 'We can't let them score,' and we were kind of scared of what they would do. We embraced the fact that we would be ready to play the last several minutes."

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UConn Trivia: Crenshaw 00:00:33
UConn head coach Kevin Ollie graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. What New York sports legend also attended Crenshaw?

Question: Kevin Ollie graduated from L.A.'s Crenshaw High. What other NY sports legend attended Crenshaw?

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