Feb 21, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on in the second period against Tulane Green Wave at Devlin Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Feb 21, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on in the second period against Tulane Green Wave at Devlin Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- It was like old times for Morgan Tuck in Seattle last week.

The first time Tuck and Breanna Stewart played a game together was for the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA U-17 world championships. They were together again last Thursday -- along with fellow University of Connecticut alums Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tiffany Hayes, and Stefanie Dolson -- as the USA senior national team faced China in an exhibition game at KeyArena. It was the first time Tuck and Stewart were teammates since the Huskies defeated Syracuse in the 2016 NCAA national championship game in Indianapolis.

Of course, their team won as the Americans topped China 83-46.

"It was exciting," Tuck said on Wednesday. "It was my first time doing anything other than mini-camps with the senior national team. Even though it was just an exhibition game it was cool to have that uniform on and to say I was playing for the United States national team. To play with Stewie again was so cool, but I also got to play with Sue and Diana and Tiffany and Stef and it was fun to be out there with them.

"Being out there with Sue and Diana was different, just being from UConn. I know they weren't the first great players from the program, but they are the greats. They are among the greatest to ever play the game. To have a chance to be out there with them, to learn from them, to interact with them, it was awesome."

After the national team mini-camp and exhibition, Tuck headed back east to begin her third season with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.

There's no drop off in her excitement level. The Sun finished last season 21-13 and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2012. With another year of experience, they are expected to make a run at the franchise's first WNBA championship and Tuck wants to play a key role in that."

"I have to be consistent, I want to show that I can consistently be an impact player," Tuck said. "That's my goal. I don't want to be just a role player and be along for the ride. I want to make an impact and be confident. My confidence has been a struggle for me as a professional player. I need to go out there and do the things I know how to do and do them consistently to help us win games."

The 6-foot-2 forward from Bolingbrook, Illinois, was the third overall pick by the Sun in the 2016 WNBA Draft after she, Stewart, and Moriah Jefferson led UConn to an unprecedented four consecutive national championships.

She played in 26 games as a rookie but missed the final eight with a knee injury. She got off to a strong start -- averaging double figures points in her five games -- before another knee injury sidelined her for 12 games. After scoring 59 points in those first five games, she scored 59 points in her last 12 regular season outings. In the Sun's playoff game at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Phoenix Mercury, she played just 3:39 and had three points and a rebound in an 88-83 loss.

"They've been, just kind of off," Tuck said of her first two WNBA seasons. "My rookie year was OK and then I had an injury. Last year I got off to a good start and when I came back from injury it was terrible. I go back to I have to be consistent. I liked the way I started last year so I want to go back to that and keep it going."

Last fall, Tuck went overseas for the first time and averaged 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in 26 games for Shaanxi Tianze in China. When that season ended in mid-January, she returned to the United States, did two USA Basketball mini-camps, and rested and prepared for the summer season.

"It was really different in China but I will definitely go back if the opportunity presents itself," Tuck said. "Then I had a good break since the season in China is so short. I got to travel around and enjoy life a little bit.

"The big difference there is the culture. But they love basketball. My team wasn't very good but we had a full arena every single game. They treat you like you're a big deal. Some of the food there was a little interesting but I found things I liked. What was important to me is that I didn't have to sit out any games and that's the first time that's happened in awhile. So I got here rested and feeling good and I hope that continues here."

Among the things she worked on in China was handling the ball more on the perimeter.

"I wasn't able to be just a post player there. I had to bring the ball up, I had to play the wing, I had to play everything," Tuck said. "I want to be able to make plays and just feel good whether I'm at the 3 or the 4."

While Tuck was home, she also watched her alma mater in action. That included the Huskies' 91-89 overtime loss to Notre Dame in the national semifinals at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It was the second straight year UConn entered the Final Four unbeaten but fell short of making it to the title game. In 2017, it was Morgan William's buzzer-beater that ended the Huskies' four-year reign as national champion. On March 30, Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale hit a jump shot from just inside the 3-point line with one second left to end UConn's season.

It was just another reminder of how difficult it was for Tuck, Stewart, and Jefferson to do what they did during their days in Storrs.

"I think people realize more how hard it was, but our fans were really spoiled when we were there," Tuck said. "Now they expect them to win it every year and we expect that as well. But they've lost two games in the last two years and it's like, 'What's wrong with them?' They've been tough ones to lose but they've lost two games. They've played great but had this hump in the national semifinal game they couldn't get over the last two years. But winning the national championship isn't easy. It doesn't just happen. We don't think, 'We're at UConn so we'll win the national championship.' It doesn't work that way. It takes a lot. I just wish people would appreciate what they've done.

"It was hard watching Notre Dame win it. We were in the Big East with them my freshman year when the rivalry was really big and they beat us three times before we finally got them at the Final Four. For me, I just didn't want Notre Dame to win. I'm not going to lie. To watch the way the game ended, and it to be to Notre Dame, it sucked."

Tuck and the Sun will open their preseason schedule with a two-day, four-team event at Mohegan Sun Arena. They will take on the Los Angeles Sparks Monday, and the Dallas Wings Tuesday. Both games start at 7 p.m. The New York Liberty will be the fourth team here and will play Dallas Monday and Los Angeles Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Sun's regular season opener is here on May 20 against Jefferson and the Las Vegas Aces (formerly the San Antonio Stars).

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Huskies are ready to face Towson 00:02:29
UConn is in unfamiliar territory as a number two seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Huskies aren't worried in the slightest about it.

For the first time since 2006, the UConn women's basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.

Geno Auriemma, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson talk about that and more ahead of their Friday matchup against No. 15 Towson in the first round.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson and forward Napheesa Collier react after a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at XL Center (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson and forward Napheesa Collier react after a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at XL Center (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS -- Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson had a perfect start to their college career, literally. As freshmen, the Huskies went undefeated and won the program's 11th national championship. 

Since then, the two classmates have done plenty of winning -- eight conference titles, helping build a 111-game win streak and reaching three straight Final Fours -- but they're missing one thing: a second national championship.

Fair or not, careers are judged at UConn by how many rings a player wins. 

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Mar 2, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; UConn Huskies guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) drives the basket against the Houston Cougars in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 2, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; UConn Huskies guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) drives the basket against the Houston Cougars in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS -- UConn women's basketball senior Katie Lou Samuelson will return for the NCAA Tournament after missing the previous four games due to a back injury suffered on Senior Day on March 2.

"I'm ready to go. I'm excited to get playing again," Samuelson announced.

While Samuelson admitted she isn't back to 100 percent just yet, she will be once the Huskies tip-off in the first round against 15-seed Towson on Friday.

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Geno Auriemma talks Tourney 00:00:50
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks to SNY's Justine Ward about his team getting a "rare" # 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Katie Lou Samuelson is expected to return to 2-seed UConn for its NCAA tournament opener on Friday against 15-seed Towson, head coach Geno Auriemma told SNY.tv's Justine Ward.

Samuelson, who has averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds this season, has missed the Huskies' last four games, including the entire American Athletic Conference tournament, due to a back injury.

She last played March 2 vs. Houston, when she scored 11 points in 17:48 of playing time.

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Geno Auriemma talks Tourney 00:00:50
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks to SNY's Justine Ward about his team getting a "rare" # 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Nearly four hours before the scheduled women's NCAA Tournament bracket reveal on ESPN, the network accidentally leaked the entire bracket on Monday during the 3 p.m. Eastern hour on ESPNU.

ESPN acknowledged its error in a statement. 

"In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight's Women's Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU," it said in the statement. "We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women's basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn't happen in the future. We will now broadcast the full bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled show on ESPN at 7 p.m."

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Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) reacts after his basket against Temple Owls guard Shizz Alston Jr. (10) in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) reacts after his basket against Temple Owls guard Shizz Alston Jr. (10) in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) UConn's success in March continued in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament thanks to accurate first-half shooting that spread into the early stages of the second.

The shooting that hovered above 63 percent with eight minutes left in the game, provided enough of a buffer for UConn to withstand a late run by South Florida, allowing the Huskies to hold on for an 80-73 victory on Thursday.

"(The Huskies) run and their transition offense really put us in a bind," USF coach Brian Gregory said. "We were on our heels in transition." >> Read More

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UCONN wins AAC Tournament 00:00:48
The Huskies are just warming up. They easily won the AAC tournament and improved their all-time record to 120-0 in conference play.

No. 2 UConn was forced to play the American Athletic Conference Tournament without injured All-American Katie Lou Samuelson and may have become a more complete team as a result.

Napheesa Collier scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and the Huskies beat UCF 66-45 Monday night to win their sixth straight league tournament championship.

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Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley watches from the sideline as they take on the Temple Owls in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Temple defeated UConn 78-71. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley watches from the sideline as they take on the Temple Owls in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Temple defeated UConn 78-71. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) After missing seven games with a sprained ligament in his knee, Connecticut senior guard Jalen Adams was adamant about playing Sunday.

He told coach Danny Hurley that he wanted to wear the UConn jersey again, then took the Huskies' offense to a higher level in an 82-73 defeat of East Carolina at Minges Coliseum. Adams tied his career high with 12 assists and scored 13 points in the regular-season finale for both teams. Teammates Josh Carlton (20 points), Tyler Polley (19 points) and Christian Vital (16 points) all benefited from having Adams back in the lineup as the Huskies (15-16, 6-12 American Athletic Conference) won on an opponent's home floor for the first time this season.

"Being at one school for four years, it's only right you get to put on the jersey to close out the end of the season," Adams said. "It just meant a lot to be out there with my brothers. It's probably my last time to be playing on a team where everyone genuinely cares for me and loves me. After this, it's probably going to be just business."

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UConn routs South Florida 00:01:28
UConn defeated South Florida 81-45 in the AAC semifinal game. The Huskies were lead by Collier and her strong shooting from beyond the arc.

Megan Walker scored 24 points and Napheesa Collier added 23 to lead No. 2 UConn to an 81-45 rout of South Florida on Sunday and move Huskies into their sixth straight American Athletic Conference championship game.

Crystal Dangerfield added 11 points and Christyn Williams chipped in 10 for Connecticut (30-2), which has never lost to an AAC opponent and has won 30 games for a 14th consecutive season.

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Collier leads UConn past ECU 00:01:32
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield discuss Collier's 37-point performance in their win over ECU

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier scored a season-high 37 points as No. 2 UConn, playing without injured All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, pulled away from East Carolina 92-65 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

UConn (29-2) beat the Pirates last month in Hartford by 63 points, a game in which Samuelson scored 31. She hurt her back in a game last week and the Huskies say she won't be back before the NCAA Tournament.

Minus Samuelson, UConn led just 24-22 after a quarter and 46-39 at halftime. Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who started in Samuelson's place, finished with 17 rebounds and five blocks.

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Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

Alterique Gilbert's injury woes continue as UConn announced the redshirt sophomore point guard is dealing with a concussion and eye injury.

In Thursday's 78-71 loss to Temple, Gilbert left the game after colliding with a Temple player and stayed overnight at Hartford Hospital. 

According to the school, Gilbert will not participate in basketball activities for "an indefinite period of time."

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Katie Lou Samuelson gets injured 00:01:29
On Senior Day, Katie Lou Samuelson had to leave the first half against UConn after diving for a loose ball with an apparent back injury.

UConn women's basketball ruled senior Katie Lou Samuelson out for the AAC Tournament this weekend due to a back injury suffered last Saturday against Houston. The injury happened when Samuelson dove for a loose ball and collided with an opposing player. She tried to return in the second half, but quickly checked out.

In the Huskies' one game without Samuelson against USF, the offense struggled to get going for the first 30 minutes. UConn scored a season-low 25 points in the first half and needed a late push in the fourth quarter to get the win over the Bulls.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa got the start in Samuelson's place last game, and is a good bet to start in the tournament. Kyla Irwin also started two games back in December when Megan Walker missed a pair of contests with strep throat, but hasn't played much recently. Both would be options if head coach Geno Auriemma wants to replace Samuelson with another big, but if he decides to go small, Molly Bent or Mikayla Coombs could see their first career start.

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Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) works for the ball against Temple Owls guard Quinton Rose (1) in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Temple defeated UConn 78-71. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 7, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) works for the ball against Temple Owls guard Quinton Rose (1) in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. Temple defeated UConn 78-71. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Shizz Alston scored a career-high 34 points to lead Temple past UConn 78-71 on Thursday to keep the Owls hopes alive for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Alston hit 12 of his 14 shots from the floor and was 4 of 5 from behind the arc for the Owls (22-8, 12-5 American).

Quinton Rose added 20 points for Temple, which secured a bye in the first-round of next week's conference tournament.

Christian Vital had 26 points for the Huskies (14-16, 5-12), who lost for the first time this season at Gampel Pavilion. Josh Carlton added 21 points in a losing effort.

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UConn finishes regular season 00:00:35
The Huskies played their regular season finale against USF without senior Katie Lou Samuelson, it was a good test before the tournament.

Christyn Williams scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and second-ranked UConn finished the game on a 9-0 run to pull away to a 57-47 regular season-ending victory over South Florida on Monday night.

The Huskies (28-2, 16-0), playing without injured star Katie Lou Samuelson, completed another perfect run through the American Athletic Conference, improving to 102-0 during the regular season against league opponents since the AAC was formed six seasons ago.

Samuelson did not play after hurting her back during last Saturday's 83-61 home victory over Houston. She accompanied the team to Florida, however the Huskies announced a little over an hour before the game that the two-time All-American would not be available.

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Mar 3, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25) works for the ball against South Florida Bulls forward Michael Durr (4) in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated USF 60-58. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 3, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25) works for the ball against South Florida Bulls forward Michael Durr (4) in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated USF 60-58. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Josh Carlton scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds as UConn held off South Florida 60-58 on Sunday.

Alterique Gilbert added 15 for the Huskies (14-15, 5-11 American), who won despite failing to make a 3-point basket for the first time in more than nine years and 338 consecutive games.

David Collins had 17 points and Alexis Yetna added 15 for USF (18-11, 7-9 American), which had a chance to win or send the game into overtime.

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Points in the Paint: Samuelson 00:00:26
UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson dominates in the lane to give UConn a huge advantage in the paint against Houston, presented by Ring's End.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson dominates in the lane to give UConn a huge advantage in the paint against Houston, presented by Ring's End.

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Mar 2, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; UConn Huskies guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) is injured during a play against he Houston Cougars in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Mar 2, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; UConn Huskies guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) is injured during a play against he Houston Cougars in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS -- In the second half of the UConn women's basketball's game on Saturday against Houston, senior Katie Lou Samuelson went diving for a loose ball and collided with a opposing player. Samuelson immediately rolled over in pain and stayed down on the court as Gampel Pavilion went dead silent.

She eventually walked off the court under her own power before heading into the locker room with team trainer Janelle Francisco.

"I don't know exactly what happened," Samuelson said on the play that caused the injury. "I just got hit where my muscle just spasmed and tightened up right after."

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UConn wins on Senior Day, 83-61 00:02:20
UConn won 83-61 vs. Houston, but the bigger worry is the health of senior Katie Lou Samuelson. The Huskies are regular season AAC Champs.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier celebrated senior day by scoring 29 points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead No. 2 UConn over Houston 83-61 on Saturday.

Fellow senior Katie Lou Samuelson scored 11 points for UConn (27-2, 15-0 American) before injuring her back diving for a loose ball in the second quarter. She returned to start the second half but struggled to run and was pulled after the first minute.

Jasmyne Harris, Octavia Barnes and Dorian Branch each had 14 points for Houston (15-13, 9-6), which opened a 17-7 lead and led by a point after the first quarter.

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Kobe has high praise for UConn 00:02:23
Kobe Bryant and his daughter are fans of UConn. He talks UConn's success, being beat 1-on-1 by his daughter, and what he's been up to.

Kobe Bryant and his 12-year-old daughter Gianna are both big fans of UConn's women's basketball program. Gianna has been especially fond of the team and hopes to play for the Huskies eventually, and it's the people involved that have drawn her to the program.

"I think the players, first and foremost. The camaraderie that they have with each other is something she kind of gravitated to," Kobe told SNY's Justine Ward at Saturday's game in Storrs. "And then Geno (Auriemma) and (Chris Dailey) and their leadership and the culture of the program, all the way on down to Rebecca (Lobo) and Diana (Taurasi) and Sue (Bird), so she loves the program."

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Kobe has high praise for UConn 00:02:23
Kobe Bryant and his daughter are fans of UConn. He talks UConn's success, being beat 1-on-1 by his daughter, and what he's been up to.

Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna has her dad's trademark confidence.

During an interview with SNY Saturday afternoon at UConn's victory over Houston, the question was posed to Kobe if her 12-year-old daughter, whom he has been teaching basketball to, if she could beat him one-on-one.

He turned to his daughter to ask the same question.

"Yeah," she said smiling. Bryant told Reggie Miller in a video captured in October that Gianna is "hellbent" on going to UConn.

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Katie Lou Samuelson gets injured 00:01:29
On Senior Day, Katie Lou Samuelson had to leave the first half against UConn after diving for a loose ball with an apparent back injury.

Katie Lou Samuelson was being honored on Saturday as part of UConn's Senior Day, but the guard suffered a scare late in the first half. 

Samuelson went down in pain, grabbing her back and had to leave the game. 

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma told SNY's Justine Ward at halftime that Samuelson was experiencing back spasms. 

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UConn celebrates senior day 00:02:32
Senior duo Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier are obviously successful on the court, but their lasting impact on UConn is much more.

STORRS -- When looking back on the careers of UConn seniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, it'll be hard to separate one from the other. They both came to Storrs as freshmen in 2015 and were solid role players on the Huskies' 2016 national title team.

The next season, they won co-AAC Player of the Year and were both named First Team All-Americans.

Not only are Collier and Samuelson the only two classmates to eclipse the 2,000 point mark in program history, they're also the highest-scoring classmates.

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Mar 24, 2018; Albany , NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half in the semifinals of the Albany regional of the women's basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Mar 24, 2018; Albany , NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half in the semifinals of the Albany regional of the women's basketball 2018 NCAA Tournament at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

STORRS -- After missing both of UConn's games last week due to an illness, Geno Auriemma was back at practice ahead of the Huskies' final home game against Houston on Saturday.

In his absence, associate head coach Chris Dailey took command of the team and improved her record as a head coach to 9-0. While Auriemma watched from his couch at home, he enjoyed getting to see the game from a different perspective.

"It's really a weird dynamic when you're watching on television because you're watching the game differently," he said. "You're not worried about 'Who do I have to sub in?' You're not talking to your coaches, you're not bitching about who didn't rebound who didn't screen. You're just watching the game and as you're watching the game, you almost start acting like a fan."

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Feb 28, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Wichita State Shockers guard Samajae Haynes-Jones (4) hits the game winning basket at the buzzer to beat the Connecticut Huskies at Charles Koch Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Feb 28, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Wichita State Shockers guard Samajae Haynes-Jones (4) hits the game winning basket at the buzzer to beat the Connecticut Huskies at Charles Koch Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Samajae Haynes-Jones scored 20 points and hit a jumper at the buzzer as Wichita State erased a 10-point deficit and beat Connecticut 65-63 on Thursday night.

UConn's Alterique Gilbert scored on back-to-back 3-pointers inside the final minute that tied the game at 63. Haynes-Jones took an inbounds pass with 6.4 seconds to go, dribbled the floor and sealed it with an off-balance shot from the corner.

Wichita State (14-13, 7-8 American Athletic Conference) rebounded from an 88-85 loss against Memphis on Saturday and has won two of its last three games. Coach Gregg Marshall also picked up his 300th career win with the Shockers. >> Read More

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Points in the Paint: UConn 00:00:22
UConn outscored Wichita State, 28-16, in the paint on their way to a dominating 84-47 victory, presented by Ring's End.

UConn outscored Wichita State 28-16 in the paint on their way to a dominating 84-47 victory, presented by Ring's End.

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UConn clinches 2019 AAC title 00:02:02
UConn clinches the 2019 AAC title behind a strong performance by senior Napheesa Collier.

Napheesa Collier scored 32 points, making 13 of 15 shots, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 UConn to an 84-47 victory over Wichita State on Tuesday night.

The Huskies were missing coach Geno Auriemma for the second straight game because of a stomach virus. The Hall of Famer issued a statement saying he expects to be back on the sideline Saturday for the Huskies final home game of the season against Houston.

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Points in the Paint: UConn 00:00:51
UConn outscored Tulsa early in the paint, which led them to another big victory, presented by Ring's End.

UConn outscored Tulsa early in the paint, which led them to another big victory, presented by Ring's End.

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UConn beats Tulsa, 68-49 00:02:27
Megan Walker leads UConn to a 68-49 win over Tulsa on Sunday afternoon, as the Huskies played without coach Geno Auriemma.

Megan Walker scored 21 points and No. 3 UConn, playing without Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, rolled to a 68-49 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Auriemma missed the game with an illness. He did not travel with the Huskies for the opener of a two-game trip, but hopes to return for Tuesday's game at Wichita State.

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UConn lose to Cincinati, 64-60 00:01:46
UConn's late rally falls short, as the Huskies fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats 64-60 on Sunday for their 5th straight loss.

Keith Williams scored 12 points and Cane Broom added 10, including a late 3-pointer that helped Cincinnati to a 64-60 road win over UConn on Sunday.

Justin Jennifer also had 10 points for the Bearcats, who have won 11 of their last 12 with the only loss during that stretch coming at No. 9 Houston, which leads Cincinnati (23-4, 12-2 American) by a game in the race for the AAC title.

Christian Vital had 14 points and Alterique Gilbert had 13 to lead UConn (13-14, 4-10).

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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma (Matt Eisenberg)

UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma will miss Sunday's road game against Tulsa due to an illness, the school announced.

The Huskies are hopeful Auriemma can return for Tuesday's game against Wichita State. In his absence, associate head coach Chris Dailey will coach the team.

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UConn falls to Mustangs 00:01:28
Without Jalen Adams UConn never looked like it found its rhythm against SMU as they were dominant in the paint, ultimately falling 77-59

DALLAS (AP) - Jahmal McMurray drove for three straight layups in a 12-2 run late in the first half, and SMU went on to beat UConn 77-59 on Thursday night.

The game was tied at 24 before the Mustangs regained the lead with 3-pointers by Nat Dixon and Isiaha Mike before McMurray began slicing through the UConn defense to build SMU's lead to 36-26 with 2:24 remaining.

McMurray led the Mustangs (13-12, 5-8 American Athletic Conference) with a game-high 25 points, 15 in the second half. Ethan Chargois and Mike scored 14 each, and Feron Hunt had 11.

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UConn freshman Olivia Nelson-Odoba congratulates teammates during a timeout in a game against South Carolina at XL Center. (Matt Eisenberg)
UConn freshman Olivia Nelson-Odoba congratulates teammates during a timeout in a game against South Carolina at XL Center. (Matt Eisenberg)

HARTFORD -- UConn is not the biggest women's basketball team in the country. Far from it, actually. Its de facto center, Napheesa Collier, is 6-foot-1. Stretch 4 Megan Walker is the same height. The Huskies' tallest starter is Katie Lou Samuelson at 6-foot-3, but she doesn't have the strength to be a prototypical post player.

It's certainly a big weakness, and if UConn hopes to claim its 12th national title this season, the Huskies might need some luck of the draw. Head coach Geno Auriemma admitted as much.

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UConn's Olivia Nelson-Ododa with a beautiful finish against Memphis, finishing off a 102 - 45 victory. Presented by Ring's End.

UConn's Olivia Nelson-Ododa with a beautiful finish against Memphis, finishing off a 102 - 45 victory, presented by Ring's End.

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UConn routs Memphis 102-45 00:01:48
Katie Lou Samuelson went 7-8 in the first half and that's all the Huskies needed to easily roll past Memphis in their 102-45 win.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) There is not much UConn All-American Katie Lou Samuelson can't do, and that apparently that includes coaching the Huskies.

Samuelson scored a season-high 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists as No. 3 UConn routed Memphis 102-45 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in six seasons of American Athletic Conference play.

She also asked coach Geno Auriemma if she could run the huddle during a fourth-quarter timeout with UConn's second unit on the floor.

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Feb 11, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks guard Destanni Henderson (3) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Feb 11, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks guard Destanni Henderson (3) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS -- Plenty has been made over this year's UConn women's basketball team possibly not being weaker than some in the past. But one advantage this year's squad has over last season's? Health.

As the 2017-18 season wore on, more and more Huskies found themselves limited with injuries. Katie Lou Samuelson hurt her left ankle in the home opener, and played with the injury all year before having an operation in the offseason. Crystal Dangerfield dealt with shin splints for much of the second half of the season that frequently kept her out of practice. Migraine issues hampered Gabby Williams. Batouly Camara never seemed to recover from a preseason knee injury. Mikayla Coombs sat out the NCAA Tournament because of a pulmonary embolism.

It's a long list of injuries, one that looks even longer when compared to this season's bill of health.

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Points in the Paint: Collier 00:00:50
UConn's Napheesa Collier with a beautiful finish against UCF finishing off a 78 - 41 victory, presented by Ring's End.

UConn's Napheesa Collier with a beautiful finish against UCF finishing off a 78 - 41 victory, presented by Ring's End.

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Collier leads UConn blowout 00:01:27
Napheesa Collier scored 18 points and Christyn Williams added 12 as UConn dominated a chippy UCF team, 78-41

Naphessa Collier had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to help No. 4 UConn rout UCF 78-41 on Sunday.

She led five Huskies in double figures, including Christyn Williams who had all 12 of her points in the second half.

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Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

If losing star guard Jalen Adams for 4-6 weeks wasn't enough, head coach Dan Hurley has also been unable to deploy G Alterique Gilbertwho missed his fifth game in a row in Thursday night's loss to No. 9-ranked Houston. 

Gilbert has been out nearly three weeks now with a sore left shoulder that came after a collision during the Huskies' win over Wichita State on Jan. 26. And, of course, it had to be the same shoulder that Gilbert has had surgery on twice in his freshman and sophomore seasons at UConn. 

So, naturally, that type of injury would cause a player -- along with coaches and staff -- to be extra careful about rushing back onto the court. And while Gilbert has been sitting stagnant on the pine, he had to watch Adams, who is a senior, go down when the team needed him most. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Houston Cougars forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (23) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) in the second half at XL Center. Houston defeated UConn 71-63. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Feb 14, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Houston Cougars forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (23) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) in the second half at XL Center. Houston defeated UConn 71-63. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Houston guard DeJon Jarreau believes he's gotten his basketball career back on track and expects to be a factor as the Cougars make a run at a conference title and perhaps something bigger.

The sophomore transfer from Massachusetts had 18 points and seven assists to help No. 9 Houston beat UConn 71-63 on Thursday night for its ninth straight victory.

Armoni Brooks added 12 points for the Cougars (24-1, 11-1 American Athletic Conference). They opened the second half with a 17-4 run to take control.

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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma tells a story about how a quick conversation with Jon Voight at the Dulles airport had tremendous impact.

Worn out from all the chatter -- the "nonsense," as Geno Auriemma puts it -- surrounding his UConn women's basketball team, Auriemma says a random meeting with actor Jon Voight at Dulles airport gave Auriemma perspective.

Auriemma appreciated the brief, cordial exchange he had with the man who portrays Mickey Donovan on Showtime's "Ray Donovan," a chat that has Auriemma more upbeat with his 22-2 team entering the final stage of the regular season.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Christyn Williams dribbles in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Christyn Williams dribbles in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD -- Christyn Williams looked like she was going to be different than most freshman. Not only did she step into a starting role with UConn women's basketball from day one, Williams thrived early in her career, scoring in double-figures in 10 of her first 14 games, including a breakout 28-point performance against Notre Dame. Williams seemed like she was going to be above the typical struggles that plague many of the Huskies' freshmen.

Then Williams ran head-first into the dreaded "freshman wall".

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier and UConn used a strong second half to turn their final nonconference game into a rout.

Collier had 31 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and the fourth-ranked Huskies beat 11th-ranked South Carolina 97-79 on Monday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 29 points for the Huskies (22-2), who blew open a close game with a huge third quarter in which they outscored the Gamecocks 29-12. Samuelson scored 14 points in the game-changing period. Collier added eight as the two seniors continued to carry UConn.

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Memphis Tigers forward Kyvon Davenport moves to the basket against Connecticut Huskies forward Tyler Polley during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Tigers forward Kyvon Davenport moves to the basket against Connecticut Huskies forward Tyler Polley during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyvon Davenport scored 26 points, Tyler Harris and Jeremiah Martin added 12 each and Memphis held off a late push to defeat UConn 78-71 on Sunday.

Tyler Polley led the Huskies (13-11, 4-7 American Athletic Conference) with 20 points, while Sidney Wilson finished with 16. Christian Vital and Tarin Smith added 13 apiece for UConn, which lost its second straight and third in the last four.

The Huskies were playing their first game since leading-scorer Jalen Adams (17 points per game) suffered a left knee injury that will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks.

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Points in the Paint: Collier 00:00:26
UConn's Napheesa Collier with a beautiful finish against Temple finishing off a 109 - 74 victory, presented by Ring's End.

UConn's Napheesa Collier with a beautiful finish against Temple finishing off a 109 - 74 victory, presented by Ring's End.

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Collier leads UConn blowout 00:01:27
Napheesa Collier poured home 30 points as UConn eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second game in a row, beating Temple 109-74

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier tied a season-high with 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Saturday, leading No. 5 UConn to a 109-74 rout of Temple.

Collier, who had 30 points in a win over the Owls last month, recorded her 12th double-double of the season and 36th of her career. She hit 12 of her 16 shots, dished out six assists and blocked three shots.

Crystal Dangerfield added 22 points and nine assists for UConn (21-2, 10-0 American), which tuned up for Monday's meeting with No. 12 South Carolina by shooting 63 percent and breaking the 100-point barrier for a second straight game. >> Read more

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Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams reacts after a break in the action against the UCF Knights in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams reacts after a break in the action against the UCF Knights in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

UConn men's basketball star guard Jalen Adams will be out 4-6 weeks with a Grade-2+ MCL sprain, the school announced on Friday.

If Adams can recover in four weeks, that would mean he could return for the final week of the regular season. Should it take six weeks, he wouldn't be back until after the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Adams injured the knee in Tuesday's loss to Temple when an opposing player dove into his left leg chasing a loose ball. Adams needed to be helped off the court.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson dribbles against Louisville Cardinals guard Mykasa Robinson during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson dribbles against Louisville Cardinals guard Mykasa Robinson during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite falling to its lowest ranking the AP Poll since 2007 this week, the No. 5 UConn women's basketball team insisted ahead of its game vs. the East Carolina Pirates that it didn't look or care about its ranking. But Wednesday night at XL Center, the Huskies played like they had something to prove.

UConn reached triple digits for the first time this season, smoking ECU 118-55, thanks to a total effort from its squad and Katie Lou Samuelson's game-high 31 points.

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UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson with a beautiful finish against ECU on February 6th topping off a 118 - 55 victory, presented by Ring's End.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson with a beautiful finish against ECU on Feb. 6 topping off a 118 - 55 victory, presented by Ring's End.

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UConn cruises vs. ECU, 118-55 00:01:08
The Huskies were never in trouble Wednesday night against ECU. With the victory, UConn secured its 26th consecutive 20-win season.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) All-American Katie Lou Samuelson broke out of her shooting slump, scoring a season-high 31 points to lead No. 5 UConn over East Carolina 118-55 on Wednesday night.

Napheesa Collier hit all 10 of her shots and added 21 points for the Huskies (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference), who reached 20 wins for the 26th straight season.

Christyn Williams scored 15 points, Megan Walker 14, and Crystal Dangerfield had 12 points and 12 assists...

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