The UConn women's basketball team continued their dominance with a 73-49 win over No. 11/9 Florida State Seminoles in the Hall of Fame Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Huskies improve to 8-0 while the Seminoles fall to 7-2.
Florida State's defense held UConn to its lowest point total of the season at 73 points. UConn's junior forward Morgan Tuck led all scorers with 18 points while Shakayla Thomas led FSU with 16.
While the Huskies struggled offensively, their defense dominated. Breanna Stewart was able to keep star center Adut Bulak under wraps in the first quarter. Bulak missed her first five shots; four of them were blocked. She would finish with five points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.
UConn forced 23 turnovers in the game, including seven in the first quarter alone. Those turnovers allowed the Huskies to get out and push the pace, which created a fast and free-flowing game. There were very few stoppages, as both teams combined to only shoot just five free throws.
If anyone remembers a half where neither team shot a free throw, let me know. I can't think of one.— UConn Women's Hoops (@UConnWBB) December 11, 2015
The biggest area of weakness for the Huskies was in rebounding. Florida State dominated the boards, outrebounding UConn 37-24, and grabbing 14 offensive rebounds to UConn's three. While Bulak struggled to put points on the board, she led both teams with 11 rebounds.
Breanna Stewart was, once again, excellent, scoring 16 points and collecting five rebounds. She also added five assists, five steals and six blocks- all team-highs. In the first half, Stewart passed the great Rebecca Lobo for sixth on the Huskies' career scoring list, and later passed Kara Wolters for fifth. Additionally, Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, notched their 300th and 500th career assist, respectively.
Freshman Napheesa Collier continues to play well, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds while playing 32 minutes. Geno only went six players deep for the majority of the game with Saniya Chong and Katie Lou Samuelson sitting out.
Gabby Williams has been struggling with her shooting and turnovers. Williams' minutes may dwindle if she can't start to play better, with both Chong and Samuelson returning in the near future. This depleted Husky roster will need to get healthy quickly so the starters aren't playing close to 40 minutes.
The Huskies take a break for finals before returning to the court December 21st against LSU at the XL Center. The game will be played at 7 p.m. and is also part of the Hall of Fame Classic.