Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson reacts after a play against the Louisville Cardinals in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson reacts after a play against the Louisville Cardinals in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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 69-58 before an announced sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.

"She's showing everyone that she's the rock of our team," fellow UConn All-American Gabby Williams said. "She's proving to us we can rely on her for everything every game. She got a couple offensive rebounds for us. She played good defense. She did other things besides score.

"To me the Player of the Year is someone who knows how to win, regardless of what her statistics are. They're going to do whatever they have to do for their team to win."

UConn's junior class of Samuelson and All-American Napheesa Collier is 99-1 in a Huskies uniform. The duo will go for win No. 100 Sunday when UConn entertains Temple in American Athletic Conference action at the XL Center in Hartford.

Collier finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Williams posted her third double-double in the last five games with 12 points and 15 rebounds. The senior forward also had six assists as she also played the entire 40 minutes while dealing with a hip issue.

"Every time I go to take someone out I go, 'Oh man, I don't know if I want to do that. I'll get them a breather a little bit later, ' " UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Then a little bit later comes and I'll go, 'Aww, maybe a little bit later.' Then you look up and 40 minutes go by.

"I keep saying we've got some players that are pretty tough. Gabby made some plays that are just impossible to describe. It's the stuff she does is unlike anything a lot of people have seen. When she's got it going like that ... And she and Lou worked really well together. They got a lot done and kept the defense off balance."

Samuelson also reached the 1,500-point plateau Monday night. She was 10-for-17 from the floor, including 4-for-9 from 3-point land.

"I'm happy I got the opportunity tonight," Samuelson said. "But I'm more excited for how we played and how great of a win it was."

The win gives UConn (25-0) its 25th straight 25-win season, though it reached 30 in 22 of the previous 24 campaigns. It was also the Huskies' 37th consecutive win over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents dating back to a loss at North Carolina on Jan. 15, 2007, and their 76th straight win at home.

One big run would be decisive Monday night.

After Arica Carter opened the scoring for Louisville (25-2), the Huskies scored 24 of the next 25 points as they forced the Cardinals to miss 10 consecutive shots and forced them into nine turnovers.

"A huge part was our defense and I think that starts with Kia (Nurse) and Gabby," Samuelson said. "The way they played, they shut them down really quickly. We had that momentum on offense and executed all of our plays perfectly. We ran each one to get a different option every time. We kept going to what we were good at.

"We know what we're good at and one of our strengths is pushing the ball, running our offense quickly and getting a good shot. We have so many different scorers that unless you're matched up the way you want to be someone is going to be open."

Collier got UConn on the board and Samuelson hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to get the Huskies' offense going. Two baskets each by Williams and Collier followed with hoops from Samuelson and Williams making it 19-3. Dana Evans made a free throw for Louisville, but Samuelson netted the next five points to make it 24-4.

Louisville got it back to 15, but a spurt at the end of the first half capped by a Crystal Dangerfield 3 made it 42-22 at the break. Dangerfield would play 30 minutes as she deals with shin splints in her left leg.

"We had some good shots and we missed," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "I thought we took some that were too quick that led to transition for them and that's something you can't do. You've got to make that extra pass and get them to try to guard you. After the first quarter, I thought we did a good job of that.

"That's the one thing about them, they can score. And, unfortunately, they scored a bunch in the first quarter and put us behind the eight ball."

UConn's biggest lead was 22 and came on the first possession of the third quarter when Collier scored. The Cardinals seemed a basket and a stop away from making it interesting but couldn't get what they needed.

It was 57-40 going to the fourth quarter and still 63-49 with 5:15 left. But Azura Stevens scored for the Huskies on an offensive rebound and the closest Louisville got was the final score.

The Huskies had 22 assists attached to their 28 field goals.

"It's not easy to get a lot of real good players who scored 4,000 points in high school to come to Connecticut and tell them, 'Tonight you're going to have to pass the ball,' " Auriemma said. "They break out in a rash. We have to make sure we stay with what we're doing and the first half was perfect. The second half was a little but ugly. I don't think we were as sharp. Maybe we got tired a little bit."

Asia Durr, Louisville's national Player of the Year candidate, had 20 points but was 7-for-19 from the floor in her 40 minutes. Myisha Hines-Allen added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Nurse had the assignment defensively against Durr, and though the senior guard had just four points and four assists in her 35 minutes she had no complaints.

"For me personally it's whatever the team needs on that night and that was my job today," Nurse said. "Lou did a great job knocking down a bunch of shots. Gabby's passes were on point and Pheesa as well. I think when you come in and have all these people who do their roles and do them well, that's what makes us special."

UConn has won 19 straight against top-five opponents a and is 8-0 against ranked teams including wins over current top 10 clubs Louisville, Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA, South Carolina, and Maryland. Only one ranked team -- No. 22 South Florida -- remains on the regular season schedule.

The Huskies will play a return game at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center next season.


Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.  (Jeffrey Becker - USA Today )
Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Jeffrey Becker - USA Today )

The University of Connecticut announced self-imposing penalties Friday for violations of NCAA rules under former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

The sanctions include the loss of one scholarship for the 2019-20 season, from 13 permissible grants-in-aid to 12. The school said it also will enforce a one-week ban on unofficial visits, while reducing by one the number of official visits. UConn will enforce a one-week ban on recruiting communications and cut the number of recruiting days this year from 130 to 126. The school will also pay a $5,000 fine.

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Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Nothing about playing at the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes' home arena, the Reynolds Center, stands out. Tulsa is never particularly good, with just one NCAA Tournament appearance -- in which they were one of the last four teams in -- since joining the American.

The crowd isn't usually that big when UConn men's basketball comes in, the largest being 6,092 (8,355 is the capacity) back in the 2014-15 season -- their first season in the conference. The past two years, there have been fewer than 4,000 in attendance.

But for some reason, UConn can't seem to buy a win in that arena, as Wednesday night's loss dropped the Huskies to 0-5 in the Reynolds' Center. But on top of the losses, strange things happen to UConn when they play in Tulsa...

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UConn men lose to Tulsa 89-83 00:00:40
UConn men's basketball loses their second straight game and drops one in Tulsa to the Golden Hurricane 89-83.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The coaches weren't around to see all of it, but reserve Jeriah Horne scored a career high 27 points and Tulsa defeated UConn 89-83 Wednesday night, snapping a two-game conference losing streak.

Both Tulsa coach Frank Haith and UConn coach Dan Hurley were ejected with 11:40 to play in the second half and Tulsa leading 61-47. Haith protested a foul call against his forward DaQuan Jeffries and Hurley began yelling at Haith. The two exchanged words and officials assessed both two technicals before play resumed.

Both coaches said they felt the officiating crew overreacted to what Haith called "a competitive discussion." Hurley said he wanted to let Haith know that his team hadn't been getting the call on similar fouls to the one whistled on Jeffries. He said that it escalated to the ejections was "embarrassing for me, for the university and the conference and shouldn't have happened. >> Read More

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Geno Auriemma on win over Tulane 00:01:49
UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma liked how team played defensively but pinpoints how they didn't shoot well against Tulane.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Megan Walker has been playing well this past month.

On Wednesday night, she single-handedly outscored Tulane by a point in No. 2 UConn's 75-33 rout. Walker scored a career-best 34 points in the easy victory.

"I think since we got back from Christmas, Megan has had a different approach to the game," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Her effort is different. Her intensity level is different. Just her whole mannerisms are different. It's obviously showed up in the way she's played in games. These are the kind of games where you just need one person to step up because everyone else is struggling to make any kind of shot. Today, it was her." Read More

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Hours after a tough two-point loss at Cincinnati on Saturday night, UConn head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Kimani Young arrived at a high school event in The Bronx to survey the future of the program.

Jalen Gaffney and James Bouknight, two Class of 2019 guards who have signed with UConn, both played -- and played well -- at the Empire Invitational at Mount Saint Michael Academy.

Gaffney, a 6-foot-2 point guard, took home game MVP honors after going for 26 points and 4 assists as the Westtown (PA) School beat Brewster Academy (N.H.), 79-72, in a heavyweight battle of Northeast powerhouses. 

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Samuelson leads UConn to win 00:01:38
Katie Lou Samuelson led UConn with 19 points as the Huskies defeated South Florida, 63-46, at Gampel Pavilion.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point milestone and No. 3 UConn overcame a sluggish start to beat South Florida 63-46 on Sunday.

Megan Walker added 14 points and Napheesa Collier had 12 for the Huskies (14-1, 3-0 American), who have never suffered a conference loss in the AAC.

Samuelson is the 10th UConn player to reach 2,000 points...

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UConn falls in OT, 74-72 00:00:50
Dan Hurley's UConn Huskies rallied to tie the Cincinnati Bearcats to force OT, but fell in the extra session on Saturday for a 74-72 loss.

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bearcats rallied to get an overtime win for the second time in three days, a feat so rare that they hadn't done it in 52 years. And none of them was happy about it.

Jarron Cumberland scored 22 points, and Justin Jenifer hit a pivotal 3-pointer in overtime Saturday night as Cincinnati blew an 11-point lead in regulation before rallying to a 74-72 victory , the Bearcats' sixth in a row over UConn.

The Bearcats also went overtime for a 70-65 win at Tulsa on Thursday night. Cincinnati (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic) hadn't won back-to-back overtime games since the 1966-67 season. >> Read More

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Samuelson reacts to UConn win 00:01:09
Katie Lou Samuelson led all scorers with 23 points in UConn's easy win over Cincinnati. She breaks down her squad's strong performance.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn still has a few active winning streaks.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Wednesday night as the No. 3 Huskies routed Cincinnati 82-38 to remain unbeaten in league play since the formation of the American Athletic Conference.

Freshman Christyn Williams scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half and Crystal Dangerfield added 11 points and 10 assists. Napheesa Collier scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Huskies (13-1, 2-0 American), who spent a month on the road before being able to notch their 83rd straight home win. >> Read More

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) (Rich Barnes)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) (Rich Barnes)

HOUSTON (AP) Following the first regular season loss in more than four years, UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn't know how his team was going to react.

The Huskies came out with energy en route to a convincing win on Sunday.

Katie Lou Samuelson had 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 18 points and the top-ranked UConn Huskies rebounded from a rare regular-season loss with an 81-61 win over Houston. >> Read More

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UConn falls to UCF, 65-53 00:00:49
Dan Hurley's UConn Huskies couldn't overcome turnovers in a 65-53 loss to UCF, dropping UConn to 0-2 in conference play.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Aubrey Dawkins scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UCF to its sixth straight win, a 65-53 victory over UConn on Saturday.

B.J. Taylor added 12 points for the Knights (12-2, 2-0 American), who won on the Huskies home floor for the first time in program history.

Alterique Gilbert had 18 points and Christian Vital 15 for UConn (9-6, 0-2), which lost its third straight game.

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No. 1 UConn women lose in Waco 00:00:39
The No. 1 UConn women's basketball team was upset by No. 8 Baylor on the road and had their 126-game regular-season win streak finally end.

WACO, Texas (AP) Geno Auriemma knew that top-ranked UConn couldn't keep winning every regular-season game it played, even though the Huskies had won 126 in a row.

That winning streak of more than four years ended with a 68-57 loss Thursday night at No. 8 Baylor, which won against a No. 1 team for the first time.

"What is disappointing for me, not that we lost. How long did you think you were going to win every game in the regular season, 10 years?," Auriemma said. "So I'm not surprised that we lost, but it was disappointing that we struggled so much on the offensive end."

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Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) UConn coach Dan Hurley saw the Huskies go from a big lead to another second-half meltdown.

Laquincy Rideau had 25 points, David Collins overcame foul trouble to add 17 key second-half points, and South Florida battled back from a double-digit deficit to beat UConn 76-68 Wednesday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Huskies (9-5) were looking to rebound after an 81-58 loss to defending national champion Villanova on Dec. 22. UConn led in that game 36-35 with 17 minutes left.

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Dec 2, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Megan Walker (3) shoots in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)
Dec 2, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Megan Walker (3) shoots in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)

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.

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Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tarin Smith (2) drives to the basket as Villanova Wildcats forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tarin Smith (2) drives to the basket as Villanova Wildcats forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds as UConn shook off a slow start to beat Manhattan 61-46 on Saturday night.

Alterique Gilbert added 12 points and Josh Carlton had 11 for the Huskies (8-3).

Freshman Warren Williams had 10 points to lead the Jaspers (2-8), who have lost five straight since beating UNC Ashville on Nov. 18. >> Read more

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Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

UConn football head coach Randy Edsall shook up his coaching staff on Friday morning. 

Edsall announced that defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, defensive backs caoch Curome Cox, director of football strength and conditioning Eric Klein and assistant strength and conditioning coach J.D. Mehlhorn will not be retained. 

UConn is coming off a 1-11 season where they allowed a NCAA Division I record-breaking average of 50.42 points per game and 617.4 yards per game. 

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Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Napheesa Collier had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and No. 1 Connecticut overcame a 12-point, second-half deficit to beat Oklahoma 72-63 on Wednesday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Huskies (10-0) win their 125th consecutive regular-season game and 57th straight nonconference regular-season game.

Taylor Robertson scored 23 points, and Shaina Pellington added 16 for Oklahoma (3-7). The Sooners led for 31 minutes.

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Jalen Adams scored 20 points in UConn's 97-65 win over Drexel. Villanova is a tough opponent as the Huskies' next opponent.

UConn guard Jalen Adams rebounded from a tough game against Manhattan by scoring 20 points in a 97-65 victory over Drexel on Tuesday. 

Adams and UConn have a tough challenge ahead when they play defending national champion Villanova on Saturday. 


UConn breezes past Drexel, 97-65 00:01:48
Jalen Adams rebounded after only scoring two points in his last game, leading the Huskies to a 97-65 win against Drexel.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams and Tarin Smith scored 20 points apiece to lead UConn over Drexel 97-65 Tuesday in nonconference play at the XL Center.

Adams shot 8 for 12 from the field, bouncing back from a season-low two points on Saturday against Manhattan. Smith hit all seven of his shots as UConn (10-3) had four players finish in double-figure scoring. Christian Vital finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Alterique Gilbert scored 10.

It's the sixth time this season UConn has scored more than 90 points. >> Read more

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Dan Hurley pleased after win 00:01:35
The Huskies came out with a strong second half to beat Manhattan 61-46 leaving head coach Dan Hurley happy after the game.

UConn coach Dan Hurley was pleased with his team's win over Manhattan on Saturday.

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UConn tops Manhattan 61-46 00:01:49
The Huskies were back in action and held Manhattan to a season-low 46 points in the win.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds as UConn shook off a slow start to beat Manhattan 61-46 on Saturday night.

Alterique Gilbert added 12 points and Josh Carlton had 11 for the Huskies (8-3).

Freshman Warren Williams had 10 points to lead the Jaspers (2-8), who have lost five straight since beating UNC Ashville on Nov. 18. >> Read more

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UConn Hoops and UConn Health 00:01:44
During UConn's win over Seton Hall on Saturday, SNY's Justine Ward spoke with Dr. Cory Edgar about basketball injuries and recovery.

During UConn's win over Seton Hall on Saturday, SNY's Justine Ward spoke with Dr. Cory Edgar about basketball injuries and recovery.

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UConn falls to FSU 00:00:45
Dan Hurley's Huskies battled, but ultimately fell to Florida State on Saturday, 79-71, as UConn dropped to 7-3 on the season.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Terance Mann scored 20 points, reserve David Nichols had 16 and No. 11 Florida State beat Connecticut 79-71 on Saturday night in the second game of the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

Mfiondu Kabengele added 15 points for Florida State (8-1), which has won three in a row. Christ Koumadje finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

Alterique Gilbert led UConn (7-3) with 24 points. Jalen Adams had 15, and Tarin Smith finished with 12 points.

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UConn beats Seton Hall, 99-61 00:00:31
Katie Lou Samuelson led UConn past Seton Hall on Saturday, 99-61, as the Huskies remained undefeated on the season.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead UConn to an easy 99-61 win over former Big East rival Seton Hall on Saturday.

It was just the second career double-double for the 6-foot-3 All-American, who also had six assists.

Napheesa Collier had 18 points and Crystal Dangerfield scored 16 for Connecticut (9-0). Freshmen Chrisyn Williams (15 points) and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (13) also reached double figures.

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UConn wins, 90-63 00:01:19
Jalen Adams led UConn to a 90-63 win over Lafayette on Wednesday, as the Huskies improved to 7-2 on the season.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Jalen Adams scored 21 points and Tyler Polley added a career-high 16 to lead UConn to a 90-63 rout of Lafayette on Wednesday.

Christian Vital had 14 points and Alterique Gilbert dished out a career-high 11 assists for the Huskies (7-2).

Paulius Zalys had 13 points to lead Lafayette (2-6), which lost its third consecutive game.

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Feb 18, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Napheesa Collier (24) shoots against Temple Owls guard Tanaya Atkinson (22) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Feb 18, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Napheesa Collier (24) shoots against Temple Owls guard Tanaya Atkinson (22) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

ST. LOUIS (AP) Napheesa Collier had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points and top-ranked UConn beat Saint Louis 98-42 on Tuesday night.

The Huskies (8-0) have won 123 consecutive regular season games. Crystal Dangerfield added 18 points, and Christyn Williams had 17.

Myia Clark led Saint Louis (4-5) with 18 points.

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UConn Women upset Notre Dame 00:01:06
UConn upset Notre Dame at home, winning 89-71. The Huskies will likely take over the top spot in the rankings with the win

Freshman Christyn Williams scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and No. 2 Connecticut never lost the lead after the 6:36 mark of the first quarter in dominating No. 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on Sunday.

All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who was held scoreless by the Irish in the first half, had 15 points, including a three-point play that gave Geno Auriemma's Huskies a 74-64 lead with 6:08 to play. The Huskies' biggest lead was 19 points late.

Napheesa Collier added 16 points with 15 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield scored 13 points and Megan Walker had 12 as the Huskies (7-0) ended a 28-game winning streak at home by Muffet McGraw's Irish, who beat UConn 91-89 in overtime in last season's NCAA semifinals on way to their second national championship. In its last 100 games at home, Notre Dame is 97-3 - with all the losses coming against the Huskies.

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UConn falls short to Arizona 00:01:11
UConn fell short at home to Arizona. The Huskies couldn't overcome the Wildcat's tough defense, ultimately losing by 4 for a final of 76-72.

Arizona didn't make a basket over the final 6 1/2 minutes against UConn, but hit enough free throws to hold off the Huskies.

Brandon Randolph scored 20 points and Chase Jeter added 14 as Arizona won its first true road game of the season, 76-72 on Sunday in front of more than 14,600 fans in Hartford.

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Huskies comment on win 00:01:19
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and Napheesa Collier talk about the Huskies' rout of DePaul and their upcoming showdown at Notre Dame.

UConn forward Napheesa Collier continued her hot play on Wednesday, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 99-63 rout of DePaul. 

Collier and head coach Geno Auriemma reacted to the victory as a Final Four rematch with Notre Dame looms next. 

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UConn dominates DePaul 00:01:27
Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier combined for 47 points as UConn routed DePaul, 99-63 on Wednesday evening.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 2 UConn passed its first test of the season against a ranked opponent by routing No. 16 DePaul 99-63 on Wednesday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 23 points for the Huskies (6-0), who have a showdown Sunday at top-ranked Notre Dame.

Any questions about whether UConn would overlook the Blue Demons were answered in the opening 10 minutes.  >> Read more

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Hurley on Gilbert's development 00:00:41
Dan Hurley and Alterique Gilbert talk about a 97-75 win for UConn over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, as Gilbert continues to grow on the court.

UConn improved to 6-1 on Tuesday in a 97-75 win over UMass-Lowell and a large part of it was due to the play of sophomore guard Alterique Gilbert.

Gilbert finished with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds in the victory. 

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UConn wins, 97-75 00:01:46
Christian Vital and Jalen Adams lead UConn to a 97-75 win over UMass-Lowell, as the Huskies improve to 6-1 on the season.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams and Christian Vital each scored 19 points and UConn beat UMass Lowell 97-75 on Tuesday night.

Alterique Gilbert and Josh Carlton added 15 points each for the Huskies (6-1), who won their third straight, all home wins over mid-major opponents.

Obadiah Noel had 20 points for UMass Lowell, which cut a 23-point Husky lead to 10 by halftime, but could get no closer.

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Jan 18, 2018; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma talks with guard Mikayla Coombs (4) from the sideline as they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 18, 2018; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma talks with guard Mikayla Coombs (4) from the sideline as they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson tied her season high with 22 points, and No. 2 UConn rolled to an 86-40 victory over Purdue on Saturday night in the Paradise Jam tournament.

Napheesa Collier had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Christyn Williams added 17 for the Huskies (5-0), who extended their regular-season winning streak to 120 games.

Dominique Oden and Kayana Traylor scored 12 points each for the Boilermakers (5-2), who shot 24.6 percent (16 of 65) in suffering their worst defeat on a neutral court since a 44-point loss to Louisiana Tech on March 22, 1990. >> Read more

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Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Receiver Isaiah Wright scored on a run and a kickoff return as Temple routed UConn 57-7 on Saturday and the Huskies finished the season with several records for defensive futility.

The Owls (8-4, 7-1 American), who started the year 0-2, finished the regular season with three straight wins and victories in six of their final seven games.

It took Temple just two minutes to go 71 yards for the first score of the game, an 18-yard run from Wright on an option play. After UConn tied the game at 7 a few minutes later, Wright took the kickoff at the 1-yard-line, and went 99 yards straight up the middle of the field for a touchdown.

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Hurley and Vital talk big win 00:00:41
Dan Hurley and Christian Vital talk about a 91-66 win for the UConn Huskies over New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon

UConn had plenty of reason to feel good on Saturday as it cruised all the way to a 91-66 victory over the University of New Hampshire to improve to 5-1. 

Head coach Dan Hurley and guard Christian Vital -- who recorded a double-double in the victory -- spoke with SNY following the game. 

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UConn routs New Hampshire, 91-66 00:01:31
Josh Carlton and Jalen Adams scored 17 each as UConn took down New Hampshire 91-66, as the Huskies improved to 5-1 on the season.

The UConn men's basketball earned their fourth win of the season on Tuesday night, as they took down the Cornell Big Red, 91-74, at home.

It was once again G Jalen Adams leading the way with a team-high 21 points over 30 minutes of floor time. Christian Vital was also a big part of the team with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists as well.

Three more Huskies made it into double-digits in the points column, with Tyler Polley (10), Alterique Gilbert (11), and Tarin Smith (12) contributing in the win. >> READ MORE

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Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) UConn coach Geno Auriemma has warned his players about expecting every game to be a blowout.

That's what the second-ranked Huskies ran into Friday night, having to rally in the fourth quarter against pesky St. John's for a 65-55 victory at the Paradise Jam tournament.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 17 points and Crystal Dangerfield 14 for UConn (4-0), which survived a challenge from the Red Storm to extend their regular-season winning streak to 119 games.

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Jalen Adams stopped by Dan Hurley's postgame interview with SNY's Maria Marino after UConn's 91-74 win over Cornell.

Following UConn's victory on Tuesday night, Dan Hurley was being interviewed -- and Jalen Adams joined in by photobombing him in the process. 

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UConn tops Cornell, 91-74 00:02:12
Jalen Adams led the Huskies to a 91-74 win against Cornell. Dan Hurley's squad had a rough start but finished strong.

The UConn men's basketball earned their fourth win of the season on Tuesday night, as they took down the Cornell Big Red, 91-74, at home.

It was once again G Jalen Adams leading the way with a team-high 21 points over 30 minutes of floor time. Christian Vital was also a big part of the team with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists as well.

Three more Huskies made it into double-digits in the points column, with Tyler Polley (10), Alterique Gilbert (11), and Tarin Smith (12) contributing in the win.

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Nov 17, 2018; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Tyler Snead (22) scores on a first half touchdown catch against Connecticut Huskies at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
Nov 17, 2018; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Tyler Snead (22) scores on a first half touchdown catch against Connecticut Huskies at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

UConn scored 21 points in the first two quarters, but were blanked from that point forward as East Carolina rolled to a 55-22 win on Saturday night.

Uconn quarterback David PIndell completed 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the loss.

Kevin Mensah totaled 88 yards rushing while Tyler Davis hauled in four catches for 66 yards and a pair of touhdowns. Hergy Mayala grabbed six passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.

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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and forward Napheesa Collier comment on UConn's rout of Vanderbilt, 80-42

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and forward Napheesa Collier discussed the team's 80-42 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. 

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UConn dominates Vandy 00:01:26
Crystal Dangerfield had 19 points to lead the way as UConn routed Vanderbilt, 80-42 at Mohegan Sun Arena

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Crystal Dangerfield scored 19 points and Napheesa Collier added 15 points and 16 rebounds to help No. 2 UConn rout Vanderbilt 80-42 on Saturday night in the Hall of Fame Showcase.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 15 points while Megan Walker had 14 for the Huskies (2-0).

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Geno talks new UConn challenges 00:01:42
UConn coach Geno Auriemma talks about the unique challenges facing his team, as they try to rebound from last year's loss in the Final Four.

Geno Auriemma and the No. 2 ranked UConn women Huskies kick off their 2018-19 regular season play against Vanderbilt on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at 6 p.m.

UConn played an exhibition game against Ohio State last Sunday, where they dominated to the tune of a 85-53 victory. This is the usual result for the Huskies, as they are normally the favorite in any game they play. 

However, the Huskies still have that crushing loss in the National Championship game against Notre Dame just months ago still in the back of their heads. Auriemma noted that last season was one of the hardest years coaching over his extensive career, and he's looking to change that this season. 

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) drives to the basket against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Maishe Dailey (1) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) drives to the basket against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Maishe Dailey (1) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jalen Adams stood in front of his teammates in the UConn locker room at Madison Square Garden Thursday night and was presented with a military coin by Kevin McMahon, a Wounded Warrior with four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt.

Adams had just gone for 16 points, 7 boards and 4 assists as UConn beat former Big East rival Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2K Empire Classic.

"To be able to have the honor to present him with the Wounded Warrior coin on behalf of this tournament, the young man earned it," McMahon, who has been embedded with UConn through their first four games this season, told SNY.tv.

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Rough night for Hurley and UConn 00:00:46
It was a tough night for the UConn men at MSG, as coach Dan Hurley was ejected, and the Huskies fell to Iowa, 91-72.

NEW YORK (AP) Luka Garza scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half, and Iowa beat Connecticut 91-72 in the 2K Classic championship game on Friday night.

Garza was named MVP of the tournament. He also joined Tyler Cook, UConn's Eric Cobb, Oregon's Bol Bol and Syracuse's Jalen Carey on the all-tournament team.

Iowa improved to 3-1 all-time against UConn.

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Geno talks new UConn challenges 00:01:42
UConn coach Geno Auriemma talks about the unique challenges facing his team, as they try to rebound from last year's loss in the Final Four.

Geno Auriemma still has a sour taste in his mouth from last season. 

The UConn women's head coach is determined to have his team bounce back from last season's Final Four ouster to Notre Dame.

Auriemma enters his 34th season as UConn's head coach and discusses his title aspirations and learning from last year's finish as the Huskies prepare for Vanderbilt in the Hall of Fame Showcase Game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Saturday. 

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Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nothing less than the first major test Dan Hurley Era awaited the Connecticut Huskies.

UConn was facing a Top 25 opponent in a nationally televised game in one of basketball's iconic venues.

For a group that has not been together for a full calendar year, it was fair to question how they would respond. Consider the test passed. With flying colors.

"They had a look the last couple days that they couldn't get here and play. They went out and performed at such a high level," Hurley said after Connecticut's 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.

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UConn head coach Dan Hurley (right) with Kevin McMahon. (Courtesy UConn Basketball)
UConn head coach Dan Hurley (right) with Kevin McMahon. (Courtesy UConn Basketball)

NEW YORK -- Dan Hurley was nervous and stressed as he awaited his first game as head coach of the UConn men's basketball team in a sold-out environment against Morehead State last Thursday night at Gampel Pavilion. Everything from the game to recruiting concerns to facilities improvement was swirling through his head in the moments before tip-off.

In the locker room, Hurley made a point of coming over and introducing himself to Kevin McMahon, a Wounded Warrior who spent four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was serving as the honorary UConn team captain for the opener. Kevin was there was his son Sean, a 2016 UConn graduate. Their interaction before the game helped Hurley put all his basketball concerns into perspective.

"The first game, where I'm a little bit nervous about coaching my first game at UConn, I got a chance to take my mind off it by speaking to [Kevin] about his military service," Hurley said this week by phone. "And so it was pretty cool, just getting a break [from] worrying about 2-3 zones and out-of-bounds plays [by] talking to an American hero. It was pretty cool."

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UConn beats UMKC, 94-66 00:00:43
UConn moved to 2-0 under Dan Hurley, as Tarin Smith scored 22 points to lead the Huskies over UMKC on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.

Tarin Smith scored 22 points to lead UConn over Missouri-Kansas City 94-66 Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.

The fifth-year senior guard shot 10 for 12 from the field to lead the Huskies (2-0). Smith transferred to UConn from Duquesne, where he was the Atlantic-10 Sixth Man of the Year last season.

Jalen Adams had 20 points, Alterique Gilbert 12 and Christian Vital added 10 rebounds. The last time UConn scored at least 90 points in a game was Feb. 8, 2017 when it beat South Florida 97-51.

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Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and No. 2 UConn opened its quest for a 12th national title on Sunday with an 85-53 rout of Ohio State.

Crystal Dangerfield had 18 points, Napheesa Collier added 17 and Megan Walker chipped in with 15 as the Huskies won their season opener for the 23rd straight year.

Carly Santoro had 20 points for Ohio State (1-2), which had to replace all five starters and its top six scorers from last season's Big Ten championship team.

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