Tonight, Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies (1-0, 0-0 American) will take the court at the XL Center for their second game of the season--first at home--against Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12).
Last Monday, in their season opener, UConn comfortably defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 100-56. Senior superstar Breanna Stewart led the charge with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks and is now 16 points away from becoming the ninth member of the 2,000-point club in program history.
Fellow senior and three-time national champion--also this guy's favorite player on the team--Moriah Jefferson added 21 points to the victory effort while highly-touted freshman Napheesa Collier scored nine points in her Husky debut. Katie Lou Samuelson, the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2015, had a pretty quiet game- though that is obviously not anything to be worried about.
Kansas State is led by junior guard Megan Deines and 6-foot-5 junior center Breanna Lewis. Lewis is leading the team in both points and rebounds per game at this early point of the season after leading the Wildcats in both categories last year. Deines is a transfer from Louisville, where she played in 94 games and went to three NCAA Tournaments. The Wildcats have another transfer, Kaylee Page, who was a top-50 recruit in the class of 2014 according to ESPN.
Kansas State will be facing its second American Athletic Conference opponent of the season, having beaten Tulsa in the season opener on the road. The Wildcats won their next two games, most recently triumphing over South Dakota 84-81 in Manhattan, Kansas. They finished seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll and are currently outside of the AP Poll, not even mentioned among the "Others receiving votes."
With all due respect to the fine, hard-working individuals involved in Kansas State's women's basketball team, UConn's first-half total may surpass Kansas State's for the entire game. This UConn team is that good, and the Huskies typically aren't the kind of team to take their foot of the gas even with a big lead.
This will be the tenth time Kansas State faces the No.1 team in the country- a scenario in which it currently holds an 0-9 record. As if the overwhelming odds weren't against the Wildcats already, UConn hasn't lost its home opener since 1990.
These two teams have met once before, with the Huskies prevailing in a 72-26 victory in the 2nd round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Tip-off tonight is at 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SNY or ESPN3. Eric Frede and Meg Culmo will be on the call with Kerith Burke reporting from the sidelines.