The UConn women officially clinched the American regular season championship with another convincing fashion conference win over SMU, 88-41. It is the Huskies' third straight regular season title, and their 22nd overall.
Moriah Jefferson continued her climb up the UConn scoring list, passing Chris Gedney for 25th all-time in the first quarter and then moving past Peggy Walsh for 24th in the second quarter. With Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, the trio became the first group of Huskies to combine for 5,000 career points.
While the team leaders were busy racking up the career accolades, freshman Katie Lou Samuelson led the team in scoring. She matched her career high with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Samuelson was especially good from deep, shooting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. She also became just the eighth freshman in UConn history to hit at least 50 three-pointers in a season.
Outside of Samuelson, however, UConn only shot 1-15 from deep. With the long ball not going their way, the Huskies did most of their damage inside, scoring 44 points in the paint. Morgan Tuck scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds playing without her knee brace for the first time. Gabby Williams was strong off the bench, scoring 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
UConn's defense absolutely stifled SMU all night. The Mustangs shot 17-for-61 from the field in an abysmal 27% effort. The Huskies forced 23 turnovers, and only allowed SMU to shoot six free throws.
The Huskies will honor their seniors on Saturday against Tulane before finishing the regular season on Monday at home against USF.