While Geno Auriemma and Breanna Stewart were busy with USA Women's Basketball training camp for three days this past week, the duo was also helping the UConn women's basketball team get ready for their next game.
That next game is tonight as UConn will host the SMU Mustangs at Gampel Pavilion. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. 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.
SMU (12-14, 7-8) is coached by Rhonda Rompola, who announced her retirement this past Monday after 35 years with the Mustangs as a player or a coach. She has been the head coach there for 25 of those 35 years.
This marks the fifth time the Huskies have played at Gampel this season. They still have two more regular season games after this one at home.
Moriah Jefferson (1,408) will jump from 26th to 24th overall on the all-time scoring list if she scores five points tonight. She'd pass Chris Gedney (1,409) and Peggy (Walsh) Myers (1413), mother of UConn football player Tommy Myers. After that, she'll be chasing down Kalana Greene and her 1,444 career points.
Jefferson has some work to do to move up in the all-time assists and steals categories. Jefferson (595) sits in fourth place in the all-time assists, 37 behind Renee Montgomery (632). She's 53 behind the program's leader, Diana Taurasi (648).
Breanna Stewart (377) needs 19 blocks to tie Rebecca Lobo (396) for first all-time in UConn history. Stewie (1,065) would need to grab 37 rebounds to pass her one-time teammate, Stefanie Dolson (1,101).
For the Mustangs, keep your eyes on McKenzie Adams and Alicia Froling.
Adams leads the team in scoring averaging 13.6 points per game while grabbing 3.5 rebounds. She also leads the team in assists with 63. If you want to make a comparison, four Huskies (Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, Kia Nurse and Morgan Tuck) have more.
Froling is the team's second leading scorer at 12.7 points per game. She leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 11 per game.
UConn is back in action on Saturday afternoon at Gampel when they'll host the Tulane Green Wave at 1 p.m. It is Senior Day and the Huskies will honor seniors Moriah Jefferson, Briana Pulido, Morgan Tuck and Breanna Stewart before the game.