PHILADELPHIA -- Megan Walker was in the middle of the action Sunday after a talk with her coach Geno Auriemma Saturday.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's freshman wing had season highs of 22 points and five assists along with six rebounds in a season high 32 minutes Sunday as the top-ranked Huskies ripped Temple 113-57 in American Athletic Conference action at McGonigle Hall.
"Talking with coach was really important," Walker said. "We talked about expecting more from ourselves, and how we needed to be more engaged. We needed someone to step up and rebound and hit more shots." With Katie Lou Samuelson out (left ankle) and Gabby Williams (hip) and Crystal Dangerfield (shin splints) less than 100 percent, Walker was first off the bench and got the call from Auriemma midway through the first quarter.
PHILADELPHIA -- Gabby Williams looked like her All-American self on Sunday, though she's hardly feeling like herself.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior forward is dealing with a hip issue ("It's called a psoas," Williams said. "It leads to the hip flexor and it's enflamed and swollen.") at a tough time. The Huskies were coming off a rough outing with Tulsa on Thursday night and Williams aggravated the injury when she blocked a shot by the Golden Hurricane's Rebecca Lescay with 1:02 left. She walked to the bench in pain.
But that's the kind of thing she'll be dealing with the next two months as her college career winds down. As tough as she has to be physically, she must be as tough mentally.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and top-ranked Villanova routed former Big East rival UConn 81-61 on Saturday.
Donte DiVincenzo added 17 points for the Wildcats (18-1), who complete their non-conference schedule at 13-0.
Jalen Adams scored 19 for UConn (10-9), which has now lost five games this season by at least 20 points.
Three days after routing current Big East team Georgetown by 32 points on the road, the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to face a former conference rival in Connecticut.
The Wildcats (17-1, 5-1 Big East) will face the Huskies (10-8, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) Saturday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Jalen Brunson led Villanova with 18 points while Mikal Bridges added 17 and Omari Spellman 14 in the win over Georgetown, a game in which the Wildcats led by as many as 42 points.
STORRS, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams made it clear following the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win at Texas Monday that the Huskies need their reserves to step up and lengthen the rotation.
Injuries to the All-American pair Thursday night may leave the bench players no choice. Samuelson re-injured her left ankle in the third quarter of the top-ranked Huskies' 78-60 American Athletic Conference win over Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion. Williams, meanwhile, appeared to aggravate a hip injury in the fourth quarter.
"We have been banged up but that's not an excuse for us at all," UConn All-American Napheesa Collier said. "When a player goes down, you're supposed to respond by playing harder and doing better. We're not doing that."
STORRS, Conn. -- Geno Auriemma coached his 1,143rd game with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team Thursday night.
He has had more great memories than anyone. But the top-ranked Huskies' 78-60 American Athletic Conference win over Tulsa before an announced crowd of 7,477 at Gampel Pavilion he'll remember as one he would love to forget.
"If I could have it my way, I would give every person that came tonight their money back. That was the most disgraceful effort I've seen at Connecticut in the 32 years I've been here.
"It doesn't bother me anymore, I see this every day in practice. I'm beyond being bothered. Some days we just hide it better than others. But give Tulsa all the credit in the world. They made shots. They were able to take the ball where they wanted to take it. We won because we have All-Americans and they don't. That's the bottom line..."
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 22 points and lead top-ranked UConn to a closer-than-expected 78-60 win over Tulsa on Thursday night.
Napheesa Collier had 19 points and Kia Nurse added 17 for the Huskies (17-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) who have never lost in the conference. UConn has won 76 straight regular-season games and all four conference tournaments.
Shug Dickson had 17 points and Erica Wakefield scored 13 to lead Tulsa (8-11, 2-4), which had lost each of their previous seven games to the Huskies by an average of just under 49 points.
On an all-new Geno Auriemma Show, the UConn coach talks about how his players respond to pressure, tonight at 9:30 p.m. on SNY.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Parks Jr. and Jeremiah Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds each as Memphis built an early lead and ran away from UConn 73-49 on Tuesday night.
Kareen Brewton Jr. added 10 points for the Tigers (13-6, 4-2 American Athletic Conference), who never trailed in the game en route to their fourth straight victory. >> Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- Katie Lou Samuelson had lost the battle, but at least she won the war.
And the University of Connecticut women's basketball team junior All-American had not lost her sense of humor Monday night after she finished with a game-high 19 points and a swollen left eye as the top-ranked Huskies held off No. 9 Texas 75-71 before a partisan announced crowd of 11,877 at the Frank Erwin Center.
"I just got a nice elbow," Samuelson said. "It got more swollen throughout the game. It's good right now. I think it looks pretty with all the colors."
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Crystal Dangerfield wanted the ball.
More important, her All-American and all-conference award winning teammates with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team wanted her to have it as well.
The sophomore point guard sank two free throws with 8.3 seconds to give her team a two-possession lead and No. 1 UConn survived an inspired effort from ninth-ranked Texas to take home a 75-71 non-league win before an announced crowd of 11,877 at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday.
Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with 8 seconds left to help top-ranked UConn survive a tough upset bid from No. 9 Texas with a 75-71 win Monday night.
UConn (16-0) found itself challenged like it seldom has been this season and trailed early in the fourth quarter before scrapping back for the win. Azura Stevens scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter.
AUSTIN, Texas -- For almost two decades, Martin Luther King Jr. Day meant national television and a nationally-ranked opponent for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
But while the Huskies have played numerous big games on the third Monday of January, for them there's nothing bigger than remembering whom the holiday honors.
"It's always a special day, especially for everything Dr. King did for African-Americans," UConn All-American Napheesa Collier said. "It's hard for me to explain, but I know some of the things he did as a Civil Rights leader and they were amazing. In part because of what he did, I can play basketball and I can go to school where I want."
HOUSTON (AP) Azura Stevens had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead four players in double-figures scoring, and top-ranked UConn used a strong defensive effort to rout Houston 95-35 on Saturday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jalen Adams saw opportunities for his Connecticut teammates in the first half.
In the second half he saw Tulane's defense focusing on them so he created opportunities for himself.
Adams scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half as the Huskies defeated the Green Wave, 67-57, in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday.
On Dec. 30, 2014, Andra Espinoza-Hunter made her verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. Then midway through her sophomore year at Blair Academy in New Jersey, she became the youngest player to commit to the Huskies.
But after waiting more than two years to get to Storrs, her stay lasted just one semester. UConn announced Friday that Espinoza-Hunter has decided to transfer.
"I have enjoyed getting to know Andy and her family," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. "Everyone at UConn wishes Andy all the best as she continues her college career elsewhere."
STORRS, Conn. - Chris Dailey was in the audience last June when SNY studio analyst and former University of Connecticut All-American Kara Wolters was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The roles could be reversed later this year.
Dailey, in her 33rd season on head coach Geno Auriemma's staff at UConn, is one of 10 finalists for the WBHOF's Class of 2018, it was announced Thursday night. The inductees will be announced in February. The Hall's by-laws require a minimum of four inductees per year with a maximum of seven. Six have been inducted each year since 2003...
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 18 points to lead UConn to a 62-53 win over UCF on Wednesday night.
Terry Larrier and Jalen Adams each added 13 points for the Huskies (9-7, 2-2 American), who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak.
Ceasar DeJesus led UCF (12-5, 3-2) with 13 points. Terrell Allen had 12 and Tacko Fall finished with 11 points. >> Read more.
STORRS, Conn. -- When it comes to dealing with the three referees, Geno Auriemma does the talking for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The Hall of Fame coach had no issues with Dee Kantner, Bryan Enterline, and Kevin Pethtel following No. 1 UConn's 80-44 American Athletic Conference win over Central Florida at Gampel Pavilion Tuesday night. Instead, he saved his best sarcasm for his players, who did not deal with UCF's physical style well.
"The first half offensively we had a chip on our shoulder toward the officials," Auriemma said. "Our players didn't think the officials did a good enough job of helping the UConn players look really, really good. I think some players on our team think it is the officials' job to help them be really good.
STORRS, Conn. -- When the University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its 100th consecutive game by beating South Carolina last Feb. 13, Gampel Pavilion was electric.
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The University of Connecticut men's basketball team suspended junior forward Eric Cobb indefnitely for "conduct deemed detrimental to the team," it announced in a statement provided to the Hartford Courant.
Napheesa Collier is experiencing the life of a returning All-American. Her phenomenal sophomore season a year ago put a target on the back of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's forward.
The Huskies' opponents are going harder at her than ever before. But her rivals' efforts pale compared to how hard Collier is on herself.
"I know the work that I put into this and I know that my shots are eventually going to start falling," Collier said. "I try to keep pushing and working through this slump."
TAMPA, Fla. -- After she torched South Florida for 40 points in the last meeting nine months ago, the Bulls found a way to stop Katie Lou Samuelson on Saturday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams scored 18 points and UConn held off East Carolina 70-65 on Saturday for its first conference win this season.
Terry Larrier and Christian Vital each added 16 points for the Huskies (8-7, 1-2), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
B.J. Tyson led all scorers with 21 for ECU (7-8, 1-3), but missed a big 3-pointer with three seconds left that would have tied the game.
TAMPA, Fla. -- It cost $10 million for the University of Connecticut to repair the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion during the summer and fall.
The Huskies women's basketball team would be hard-pressed to tell you how it looks.
"It's kind of always felt like that because we rarely get to play at Gampel," UConn All-American Gabby Williams said. "But this year it has been different. We're like the circus, we go wherever we're told to go."
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Katie Lou Samuelson's second bid in four days for her first career double-double with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team came up just short again, but the junior All-American's expanded game is giving her more paths to get it.
After missing a double-double by one rebound Sunday against Memphis, Samuelson came up one assist short Wednesday, finishing with 19 points and nine assists along with five rebounds and three steals in No. 1 UConn's 96-35 American Athletic Conference rout of East Carolina at Minges Coliseum.
"Since I've been here I've developed so many things in my game that I never had at all," Samuelson said. "I feel comfortable that I can impact the game in all kinds of different aspects. I don't need to every single game because of how versatile our team is. (Wednesday) I had the ball in my hands a lot and was trying to get it up the floor as quickly as I could and find my teammates. They were finishing well so that added up in assists."
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) Corey Henderson scored a career-high 30 points, including two 3-pointers in the last 37 seconds of regulation, as Tulsa eked out a 90-88 double overtime victory over UConn to remain unbeaten in the American Conference.
Tulsa (10-5, 3-0) got two free throws by Henderson with 22 seconds left in the second overtime to go ahead 89-86 and had to survive two UConn misses in the final seconds. Jalen Adams, who led the Huskies with 29 points, missed on a drive, and Terry Larrier, who had 19 points, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. >> Read more
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Gabby Williams came from nowhere to the baseline and did a 2012 United States Olympic Trials-like high jump to save the ball to Kia Nurse. Then Nurse fired a pass over to an open Katie Lou Samuelson behind the arc.
With the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's bench already on its feet with the save and now jumping up and down with arms raised, Samuelson found nothing but net on the 3 and the roar from the sideline was heard throughout Minges Coliseum.
On an all-new Geno Auriemma Show, the UConn coach talks about the development of Gabby Williams, today at 4:30pm on SNY.
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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- For the first 19 years of her life, almost all things on the basketball court came easy for Megan Walker. On Nov. 21, two days before she turned 19, she scored 13 points to help the University of Connecticut defeat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
SNY's Justine Ward chats with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma about the off-beat things going on in the world of sports.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kia Nurse made headlines in Canada the night of Dec. 22 as she scored 24 points for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team in her homecoming game against Duquesne at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
But that wasn't the biggest news of the day in her family. That afternoon, her cousin, Sarah, was among 23 players named to the Canadian women's ice hockey team that will take part in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25.
"She'll probably be the first member of the Nurse family to come home with an Olympic medal, most likely gold," Kia Nurse said. "I'm not going to lie. They are very good and she is very good."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn coach Geno Auriemma was happy to see Gabby Williams back to her All-American form Sunday.
STORRS, Conn. -- Back when the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was trying to win the Big East regular season championship, coach Geno Auriemma had a formula of how the Huskies could get it done.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Landry Shamet scored 16 points to lead No. 8 Wichita State to a 72-62 victory over UConn on Saturday in the Shockers' first American Athletic Conference game.
Rashard Kelly, Conner Frankamp and Austin Reaves each added 11 points for Wichita State (11-2, 1-0) which has won three straight.
Jalen Adams and Terry Larrier each had 18 points for the Huskies (7-6, 0-1), who have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Christian Vital chipped in with 17 points for UConn.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- After 72 years in the Missouri Valley, No. 8 Wichita State officially steps into American Athletic Conference with its league debut at Connecticut on Saturday.
"Obviously you want to make a good first impression," leading scorer Landry Shamet told Kansas.com recently. "But we're approaching this like we would with any other good teams we've played. We just look at it like we have another good team we have to go try and beat."
The Shockers, who had advanced as high as the No. 3 spot in the poll, dropped to No. 11 but are back in the top 10 at No. 8 as they bring a 10-2 record into this game against the Huskies (7-5).
STORRS, Conn. - Crystal Dangerfield has fit seamlessly into the University of Connecticut women's basketball team lineup that includes a four-year starter and three All-Americans.
It hasn't been as easy as she has made it look. A lot of hard work went into earning her spot. So the Christmas holiday came at a perfect time for the Huskies' sophomore point guard. Not only did she deserve a break, she needed one.
From summer school to her time with USA Basketball's U-19 national team, to the Huskies' tour of Italy, to preseason and the start of the regular season, Dangerfield has been going non-stop. But following UConn's win over Duquesne on Dec. 22, she got to spend five days at home with her family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
"I just wanted to clear my mind," Dangerfield said on Friday...
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Katie Lou Samuelson has been named AAC Player of the Week after she scored 33 points in UConn's 104-52 win over Duquesne.
Samuelson made 11 of 14 shots from the field against Duquesne, including 8 of 9 from three-point range.
The Huskies are next in action on New Year's Eve against Memphis.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Desean Murray and Mustapha Heron each scored 13 points and a balanced effort led Auburn to an 89-64 win over UConn on Saturday.
TORONTO (AP) Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24 and No. 1 UConn posted its biggest victory of the season, routing Duquesne 104-52 on Friday.
Samuelson made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, including seven straight in the second and third quarters before taking the rest of the night off.
Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), which had won eight in a row.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will take on the Duquesne Dukes in Toronto on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Senior guard Kia Nurse should fit right at home in Toronto as she is from Hamilton, Ontario -- a mere 40 miles from the site of tonight's contest. Nurse is currently leading all of Division I players with a 54.3 3-point percentage this season.
Head coach Geno Auriemma, who notched his 1,000th win against Oklahoma last time out, will look to keep his winning streak going.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Rawle Alkins scored 20 points, Dusan Ristic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 18 Arizona used a late run to pull away for a 73-58 victory over UConn on Thursday night.
Arizona (10-3) traded ugly possessions with the Huskies in the first half before both teams found an offensive rhythm in the second. The Wildcats took control behind their defense during a late 8-0 run that pushed their lead to 65-55 and on to their seventh straight win since an 0-3 trip to the Bahamas.
Arizona made 14 of 23 shots in the second half to win its 47th straight non-conference home game and beat UConn for the first time in six attempts all-time.
STORRS, Conn. -- Kia Nurse was born not only into a family of athletes, but competitors.
"If you ever sat at the dinner table in the Nurse household you would think that all of us were insane," the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior guard said.
But if there's a discussion of the most competitive players to come through coach Geno Auriemma's program, Nurse's name would be prominent.
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If it's not one thing, it's another for Arizona it seems this season.
Less than two weeks after Rawle Alkins made his return to the floor after missing the first nine games of the season with a broken foot, the Wildcats had to watch leading scorer Allonzo Trier writhing in pain in an 83-53 win over North Dakota State on Monday night.
The play came with about 10 minutes to go in the game as Trier was looking to stick with North Dakota State guard Paul Miller when the two collided. The Arizona guard quickly hit the ground and grabbed his knee, bringing silence to McKale Center. Eventually, Trier was helped off the floor, and he returned a short time later with an ice bag on the injured knee.
SNY's Justine Ward chats with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma about the off-beat things going on in the world of sports.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Chris Dailey was impressed, and it had nothing to do with the top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 88-64 victory over Oklahoma in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
As part of the postgame celebration of win No. 1,000 for head coach Geno Auriemma and his associate head coach Dailey, several members of the 1985-86 Huskies -- their first team -- were introduced to the sellout crowd. Among the players returning to the state was Jennifer Weideman.
"She came from France and that's pretty impressive," Dailey said. "I don't know if I would have come all that way...