CINCINNATI (AP) Napheesa Collier scored 20 points to reach 2,000 in her career, and No. 2 UConn struggled as it moved past its loss at Louisville, holding on to beat Cincinnati 65-55 on Saturday.
Collier became the fifth Husky to have 2,000 career points along with 1,000 rebounds, reaching the mark with a layup late in the third quarter . She got her 1,000th rebound during a loss on Thursday at No. 3 Louisville.
The Huskies (19-2, 8-0 American Athletic) called a timeout after Nikira Goings' 3-pointer cut their lead to 59-51 with 4:54 to go. Collier had a steal and a three-point play to keep Cincinnati at arm's length.
The 10-point deficit matched the closest in the teams' 20-game series, all won by UConn.
UConn shot poorly and got outrebounded during the 78-69 loss on Thursday, its first loss to Louisville since 1993 after 17 consecutive wins in the series. UConn has lost multiple games in a regular season for the first time since 2012-13, when the Huskies dropped four before winning the NCAA Tournament title.
After the loss at Louisville, coach Geno Auriemma noted this isn't a typical Huskies team: "We kind of suck this year, to be honest with you. And we need to get better."
UConn struggled on offense again against Cincinnati (14-8, 6-3), which had won its last five games. The Huskies beat the Bearcats 82-38 in Connecticut on Jan. 9. >> Read more
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