After an early test from Temple and an eventual win, the UConn women's basketball team returns home to the friendly confines of Gampel Pavilion tonight to host the Cincinnati Bearcats on "Play4Kay" night.
Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on SNY and available online at ESPN3.com. Eric Frede (play-by-play), Meg Culmo (analyst) and Kerith Burke (sideline) will have the call. If you can't watch the game, you can always listen to Bob Joyce (play-by-play) and Debbie Fiske (analyst) on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
Cincinnati (7-17, 3-10) are coached by former UConn player and assistant coach Jamelle Elliott. In seven years at the helm of the Bearcats, Elliott is 77-130.
UConn leads the overall series 15-0 and beat Cincinnati 107-45 earlier this season. Elliott has been on the losing end 11 times against her former head coach and boss.
This is just the fourth home game at Gampel for UConn (24-0, 13-0) this season. After tonight's game, the Huskies will have three regular season games left at Gampel and one on the road. After the American Athletic Conference Tournament, they will most likely host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Gampel.
Breanna Stewart (1,046) could pass Elliott (1,054) for fifth place on the all-time rebounding list if she grabs nine rebounds. Stewie (367) could also pass SNY studio analyst and former Husky Kara Wolters (370) for second all-time in blocks with four.
With her 25 points in the last game, Moriah Jefferson passed Sue Bird, Carla Berube and Elliott to tie Leigh Curl for 27th all-time in scoring with 1,388 points. With 15 points, Jefferson could move into 25th place passing Tamika Williams (1,402).
The Huskies will take to the road for the final time this weekend when they travel to Greenville, NC for a matchup with the East Carolina Pirates at 8 p.m. This will be the last time they leave the state of Connecticut until a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis, should they get that far.