The UConn Huskies improved to 13-0 on the season after defeating the UCF Knights 84-48 Sunday afternoon. Not only was this win number 88 in a row for the Huskies, tying the 1971-74 UCLA men’s basketball team, it was also the team’s 31st straight road win.
Napheesa Collier led the Huskies with 22 points on an astounding 10-of-11 shooting from the field. Katie Lou Samuelson followed with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Gabby Williams filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and three steals.
The Knights (10-4) were outmatched from the first quarter, trailing UConn 24-6 at the end of the first quarter, allowing six different Huskies to score. Geno’s team was able to keep the foot on the gas for the remainder of the game. UConn outrebounded UCF, 32-26 and shot a season-high 63% from the field.
Though UConn won handily, the Huskies did amass a season-high in turnovers with 21. The turnover margin stayed even, however, as Auriemma was able to use different matchups to get the ball out of UCF’s hands to force 21 turnovers of their own.
UConn is now two wins away from tying its own record of 90 straight wins in a row. The Huskies should be able to extend the winning streak to 89 at the XL Center on Wednesday, where they’ll face East Carolina. They’ve been undefeated in American Athletic Conference play since its inception, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
The Huskies will have a chance to tie the record against No. 23 USF on January 10 at 7 p.m. in XL as well.