TAMPA, Fla. -- When the University of Connecticut women's basketball team watched Florida State's Imani Wright go up for a 3-point shot at the end of its Nov. 14 season opener, the Huskies weren't thinking about a perfect regular season. They were hoping to survive their first game.
What started up in Tallahassee will come to a close about a four-hour drive via I-10 East and I-75 South away Monday night. And what a long and interesting journey it's been for UConn these past few months.
"It's been crazy when you look back and you're already a game away from postseason play," UConn guard Katie Lou Samuelson said. "Now it seems like it went by so fast. It's up to us now to keep it going."
The top-ranked Huskies will look to complete their second straight and ninth unbeaten regular season overall Monday at 7 p.m. when they face South Florida in American Athletic Conference action at the Sun Dome.
STORRS, Conn. -- Saniya Chong looked into the Gampel Pavilion standsand felt the love of the sellout crowd.
But the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior guard -- who was escorted to center court by her parents, Andrew and Leslie, to accept a framed uniform No. 12 from coach Geno Auriemma during the Senior Day ceremony -- felt like she was taking a back seat to her father, who was having the time of his life.
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It's an offensive set that the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has run thousands of times in games and in practice this season.
But it may have been the first time it was Tierney Lawlor delivering the ball to Katie Lou Samuelson. The senior's pass to Samuelson with 14 seconds gone Saturday resulted in a four-point play for the sophomore shooting star and she and the Huskies were never headed.
"It was a great way to start the game and it was even better that Tee gave me the pass," Samuelson said. "It felt good from there."
Samuelson scored 23 of her 29 points in the first half as No. 1 UConn routed Memphis 91-48 in American Athletic Conference action before a Senior Day sellout crowd at Gampel Pavilion.
Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 15 SMU over UConn 69-61 on Saturday.
The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight and haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati. Semi Ojeleye had 16 points, Ben Moore added 15 and Sterling Brown had 11.
The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points. Freshman Christian Vital and Vance Jackson each added 14, while Rodney Purvis had 11. >> Read more
STORRS, Conn. -- Tierney Lawlor isn't hard to find on the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's bench.
She often finds herself in a crouch, much in the way coach Geno Auriemma did in his much younger days. She calls out the offense or defense in the blink of an eye after Auriemma does, though with 144 games on the Huskies' sideline she probably knows what the calls will be before the hall-of-fame coach makes them official.
When the Huskies huddle after the starting lineups are introduced, she -- the soft-spoken one -- is the one doing all the talking.
STORRS, Conn. -- Saniya Chong has picked up the pace and is making up for lost time as her time with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team begins to wind down.
The Huskies' guard enters Saturday's Senior Day game against Memphis at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 4 p.m.) having played at least 30 minutes in 13 consecutive games, including all but 22 seconds of top-ranked UConn's 90-45 rout of No. 23 Temple Wednesday night at the XL Center. In her first 122 career games, Chong reached the 30-minute plateau seven times.
There may be no rest for the weary but she knows there's only, at most, about five weeks and 11 games remaining...
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HARTFORD, Conn. - Gabby Williams couldn't recall whether she scored 1,000 points in her injury-shortened scholastic career at Reed High in Sparks, Nevada.
When the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior forward reached the plateau with 3:35 left in the third quarter of top-ranked UConn's 90-45 win over No. 23 Temple at the XL Center Wednesday night, she wasn't aware of the milestone even though teammate Napheesa Collier knew exactly what was going on.
"I had no idea," Williams said. "Pheesa was trying to tell me on the court and I had no idea what she was saying. They told me when I went and sat on the bench."
Williams finished with 15 points and her career total stands at 1,003. She is the 43rd member of the 1,000-point club.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The tough part for women's basketball coaches in the American Athletic Conference for three years was dealing with Breanna Stewart. The easy part for them came in March when they voted the University of Connecticut star the league's Player of the Year.
Stewart has graduated to the professional ranks but the coaches she left behind face an even more difficult task than before when they cast their all-league ballots next week.
Dealing with the Huskies is still tough. Top-ranked UConn clinched its fourth straight league regular season title outright Wednesday night with a 90-45 rout of second place and No. 23 Temple before a lively crowd of 10,149 at the XL Center.
But who's the 2017 AAC Player of the Year? Is it the league's most competent scorer Katie Lou Samuelson? Is it the league's most consistent player Napheesa Collier? Is it the league's most complete player Gabby Williams?
HARTFORD, Conn. -- If the University of Connecticut women's basketball team gave the rest of the American Athletic Conference hope with its narrow escape at Tulane Saturday night, it made a statement to the opposite on Wednesday night.
Sophomore Napheesa Collier had a career-high 31 points, shooting 13-for-14 from the floor, to go along with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots as the top-ranked Huskies clinched their fourth consecutive AAC regular season title with a 90-45 rout of No. 23 Temple before an enthusiastic crowd of 10,149 at the XL Center.
"We shouldn't have put ourselves in that position in the first place," said UConn junior Gabby Williams, who became the 43rd member of UConn's 1,000-point club. "But we did. We have to get back in that momentum swing where we're only going up. At this point of the season we can't afford to have any letdowns."
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma talks about how important home court advantage has been during his tenure with the Huskies.
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Meghan Culmo and Eric Frede examine the Huskies' defensive game in this edition of Culmo's Courtvision presented by Yale-New Haven Health.
Damyean Dotson had 25 points and nine rebounds and Houston used a big run to start the second half to rally for a 75-70 win over UConn Wednesday night.
Rob Gray added 16 points for Houston (19-8, 10-5 American), which shot 34 percent. Devin Davis had 11 points, and Kyle Meyer had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, which hit 9 for 10 from the free throw line in the final minute.
Jalen Adams had 18 points, Vance Jackson added 16 points and Rodney Purvis had 11 points for UConn (14-13, 9-6), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies shot 39 percent but hit 9 of 29 in the second half. >> Read more
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Last season, the University of Connecticut women's basketball program arranged a homecoming game for Breanna Stewart at Colgate. Next season, homecoming games for junior guard Kia Nurse (versus Duquesne in Toronto) and sophomore guard Katie Lou Samuelson (at UCLA) are set.
But what about Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, who was born in Montella, Italy, on March 23, 1954?
That's on the schedule, too. The Huskies will travel to Italy for 11 days in August. It will be their fifth visit to Europe since 1994.
STORRS, Conn. - There are 11 national championship banners proudly on display in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's practice facility.
But nowhere in the Werth Family Champions Center gymnasium where the Huskies work out is any mention of the 22 regular season league titles (19 Big East, three American Athletic Conference) that they have won since 1989. Don't think for a second, though, that winning a championship isn't important to them.
Top-ranked UConn can wrap up its fourth consecutive AAC regular season title outright Wednesday night when it hosts No. 23 Temple at the XL Center in Hartford (SNY, 7 p.m.).
Jalen Adams scored 13 points and hit a driving layup with 2.9 seconds left as UConn rallied to beat Temple 64-63 on Sunday for its fourth straight win.
Rodney Purvis finished with 18 points and five assists for the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 American), who overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to win for the seventh time in their last eight contests.
Daniel Dingle led Temple (14-14, 5-10) with 17 points. Damion Moore, Alani Moore II and Shizz Alston Jr. added 11 points apiece but Alston missed a heave at the buzzer as the Owls lost their second straight.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team survived its first American Athletic Conference fourth-quarter challenge.
Kayla Manuirirangi's 40-foot shot to tie was off the mark and the top-ranked Huskies pushed their winning streak to 101 by holding off Tulane 63-60 in AAC play at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma discusses the freshman wall, an invisible force which can hamper young players.
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STORRS, Conn. - Geno Auriemma says plenty to Napheesa Collier in his role as coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
But one thing he never has to tell her is to play harder. That's a lesson the sophomore forward took to heart from her parents, Sarah and Gamal, as a youngster whether she was involved in basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and track and field.
"That started really early," Collier said. "I started playing soccer when I was like four years old. My parents really drilled it into me early that it doesn't matter if you are good or not, you have to give maximum effort."
HARTFORD -- Jalen Adams scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to rally UConn to a 65-62 win over Memphis on Thursday night. Christian Vital added 13 points for the Huskies (13-12, 8-5 American), who have a winning record for the first time this season.
Craig Randall II and Markel Crawford each scored 13 for Memphis, which led by as many as 17 points in the first half and by 14 at halftime.
The Huskies began chipping away, but Memphis led 60-53 with just 5 minutes left on a jumper by Jeremiah Martin. UConn scored the next 10 points, taking lead at 61-60 on a runner in the lane by Adams with just under 2 minutes left. >> Read more.
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STORRS, Conn. -- There will never be a 100-game winning streak (or whatever number the streak ends at) banner in Gampel Pavilion as long as Geno Auriemma is the University of Connecticut women's basketball coach.
While there was a championship feel Monday night following the Huskies' 100th consecutive win, no title was on the line. With March two weeks away, 100 percent of their attention is on continuing their championship reigns.
That's how you put up a banner at Gampel Pavilion.
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Latest Update: (Feb. 15)
3:15 p.m.: Big East associate commissioner John Paquette said on Wednesday that there have been "no discussions between the Big East and UConn," reports Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Previous Reports: (Feb. 15)
1:10 p.m.: The Big East and UConn have held discussions about a possible return to the collegiate conference, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday. The potential return to the Big East would encompass all UConn sports, with the exception of football which has no participants in the league.
Crystal Dangerfield has shown that she can be a big-game player for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
What the Huskies need the freshman point guard to be as they approach March and the postseason is an every-game player.
With starting guard Kia Nurse struggling to move with a right ankle injury Monday night, coach Geno Auriemma turned to Dangerfield and she responded with 30 minutes of solid play. She finished with five points, seven assists, and a steal as No. 1 UConn made it 100 straight wins by beating sixth-ranked South Carolina 66-55 at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.
STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart was sitting maybe 20 feet away from where she would have been standing a year ago.
So close, yet so far.
The three-time national Player of the Year was part of the first 75 games of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's record winning streak. Monday night she was a spectator at Gampel Pavilion for the first time since her senior year of high school and she watched the top-ranked Huskies make it 100 in a row with a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina.
"It was very important to me to be here," Stewart said. "If I was in the country, I was coming to this game...
STORRS, Conn -- University of Connecticut women's basketball royalty -- from Sue Bird to Maya Moore to Bria Hartley to Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck -- was seated right behind its bench.
And on this extraordinary Monday night at sold-out Gampel Pavilion, Gabby Williams was the queen of the court.
STORRS, Conn. -- Whether it's the Game of the Century remains to be seen.
But it's a Game for a Century for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The excitement has been building for a month since the Huskies broke their own NCAA record for longest winning streak. And while a circus atmosphere swirls around Gampel Pavilion, let sophomore forward Napheesa Collier put their approach to Monday night in the simplest of terms.
"We're not focusing on 100. We're focusing on South Carolina as a team," she said.
STORRS, Conn. -- Napheesa Collier won't have to look far to see some familiar faces on the South Carolina sideline Monday night when the top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team hosts the No. 6 Gamecocks at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies' sophomore forward was a teammate of South Carolina junior forward A'ja Wilson on USA Basketball's gold-medal winning teams at the 2014 FIBA U-18 Americas Championship and the 2015 FIBA U-19 world championships. Team USA was coached at both events by South Carolina's Dawn Staley.
"A'ja is a real good player," Collier said. "She's tall and physical but she can also go on the perimeter and play. It's going to be a challenge."
STORRS, Conn. -- Kara Wolters was 6-foot-7 and came from a basketball family.
But when University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma made the one-hour drive to Holliston, Massachusetts, to watch Wolters play, he wasn't sure she had what it took to help the Huskies continue their surge onto the national scene.
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ORLANDO -- Rodney Purvis scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Connecticut held off a Central Florida second-half rally for a 66-63 win Saturday night. >>Read more. . .
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STORRS, Conn. -- Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams have been part of 100 wins with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The Huskies' junior class reached the century mark Saturday thanks to the top-ranked Huskies' 83-41 American Athletic Conference victory over SMU before 10,012 at Gampel Pavilion.
"I didn't even think about that," Williams said. "Sometimes we get caught up with everything that's going on that we don't even think about how special the things that we're doing here are. I just feel blessed that we're in this position."
Now UConn and its junior class get to go for 100 in a row.
STORRS, Conn. -- Gabby Williams never backs down from a tough defensive assignment.
Fortunately, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's junior forward is always well prepared, thanks, in part, to Huskies' newcomer Azura Stevens.
"Z is one of those people who if you can guard her, you can guard anyone in the country pretty much," Williams said. "She's a huge threat inside with her height and the way she can finish. It's hard to close out on her because she has a foot on you. She makes things more competitive. You really have to step your game up when she's at practice."
Stevens is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but she is a force at practice, whether it's scrimmaging against All-American candidates Williams or Napheesa Collier or doing drills with associate head coach Chris Dailey and assistant Marisa Moseley. During games, she does her best to support and encourage her teammates.
STORRS, Conn. - Katie Lou Samuelson played through flu-like symptoms against Maryland on Dec. 29 and scored 23 points in the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
The Huskies' sophomore guard may take a back seat to similar symptoms Saturday when No. 1 UConn takes on SMU in an American Athletic Conference game at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 2 p.m.). Samuelson did not practice Friday and coach Geno Auriemma said the decision to play her or not will be made close to game time.
"She's been kind of under the weather for at least the last week or so," Auriemma said. "It wasn't getting any better. So, I don't know about tomorrow. I don't know what her situation will be tomorrow. It's certainly not going to be like regular business. Either she's not going to play at all or she's going to play some minutes. That will be depending on how she feels at shootaround tomorrow.
"It's been a crazy winter as far as that stuff goes. There's a lot of stuff going around and it's been all over campus and everybody. She's been struggling with it for awhile. She's just run down."
Rodney Purvis scored 23 points and UConn made a school-record 16 shots from 3-point range in a 97-51 rout of South Florida on Wednesday.
Jalen Adams added 18 points and 10 assists and Steven Enoch came off the bench to score 15 points for the Huskies ( 11-12, 6-5 American), who won for the fourth time in five games.
UConn Women's head coach Geno Auriemma talks about his team's distinct advantage when playing at home.
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Tamika Williams not only holds the single-season record for field-goal percentage with the University of Connecticut women's basketball program, the 2002 graduate and two-time national champion has the top four single-season marks.
But the former 2002 WNBA first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Lynx, now an assistant coach at Penn State, may seen her monopoly at the top come to an end courtesy of Napheesa Collier.
Collier hit all 10 of her shots from the floor Tuesday night and finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, six assists to no turnovers, and five blocks before taking a seat for good with 11:11 to go. The top-ranked Huskies pushed their NCAA record overall winning streak to 98 and their NCAA record road winning streak to 36 with a 96-49 rout of Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference action before a crowd of 4,029 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
STORRS, Conn. -- Saniya Chong is getting a long look from her coaches due to the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's short bench. The Huskies' starting senior guard has had the opportunity to get plenty of fourth-quarter minutes with the game outcome decided.
Top-ranked UConn enters Tuesday night's American Athletic Conference road contest against Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena (SNY, 7 p.m.) having trailed for 1:37 out of a possible 400 minutes in league play. It has an average margin of victory against AAC foes of 44.0 points.
But Chong knows she has to be as focused at the end as she is in the beginning. She wants to set a good example for her younger teammates and she knows that her coaches, particularly Geno Auriemma, are paying attention.
"Even when we're up a lot of points, the coaches and players will still get mad if we make a turnover or a mistake," Chong said. "We want to do in the game what we do in practice, make sure our offense runs smoothly and everything is smooth."
STORRS, Conn. -- Sometime next season, University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma should record his 1,000th career win. The top-ranked Huskies gave him No. 977 Sunday when they routed American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa, 96-50, at Gampel Pavilion.
Before his game, Auriemma reached out to fellow Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, who won his 1,000th game with the Syracuse men Saturday when the Orange defeated Virginia at the Carrier Dome (of note, 101 of Boeheim's wins have been vacated by the NCAA).
"I texted Jim and I said, 'That's a lot of wins.' And he goes, 'Yeah, you probably did that in 20 years.' I said, 'No, not quite, but almost,' " Auriemma said with a laugh...
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STORRS, Conn. -- Napheesa Collier has not had three consecutive double-doubles in her still young career with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
She entered Sunday's American Athletic Conference game with Tulsa coming off back-to-back double-doubles against Houston and Temple. And at halftime against the Golden Hurricane she was two rebounds shy of a new personal record.
The sophomore forward didn't get there, though she was outstanding with 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the top-ranked Huskies' 96-50 rout of Tulsa before a crowd of 9,347 at Gampel Pavilion.
STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart had 473 field-goal attempts during her senior season when she was national Player of the Year for the third time and led the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to its fourth straight national championship.
She remembers the one shot that was blocked.
Temple's Donnaizha Fountain earned some recognition a year ago when she came from behind Stewart and rejected her layup bid in the first half of a game in Philadelphia. Fountain then let everyone know about it with a version of Cam Newton's Superman celebration.
But when Fountain made a move into the lane during the second quarter of Wednesday night's game at the Liacouras Center, UConn sophomore Napheesa Collier was waiting. The American Athletic Conference's leader in blocked shots stuffed Fountain's bid back in her face, then raced down court and took an outlet pass from Natalie Butler for a layup that was part of her double-double effort of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Kyle Washington scored a career-high 27 points, and Gary Clark had his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday as No. 14 Cincinnati used its front-line advantage and pulled away to an 82-68 victory over UConn, its 14th straight win.
STORRS, Conn. -- Only twice out of 38 games during her freshman year with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team did Napheesa Collier play at least 30 minutes.
As a sophomore, the only things that keep her off the floor are fouls and lopsided scores. The 29.5 minutes per game that the 6-foot-1 forward plays is third on the top-ranked Huskies behind Kia Nurse (32.6) and Katie Lou Samuelson (31.5).
If the St. Peters, Missouri native plays 33 minutesagainst American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, ), she'll match her minutes total from a season ago in just 22 games.
Collier is not complaining. She still has plenty of gas in the tank.