After an emotional, record-breaking win on Saturday, UConn Women’s Basketball saw no letdown, crushing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 98-58.
Sophomores Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier led the charge; both scored 12 points in the first quarter alone and they finished with 55 points combined. Samuelson had 23 at the half and finished with a career-high 34 points while going 7-of-12 from deep. Collier earned her fifth double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Tulsa attacked out of the gate and put the Huskies on their heels. On their first possession, they grabbed multiple offensive rebounds but couldn’t put the ball in the basket, missing their only chance to take a lead. From there, UConn scored 14 straight points while holding the Golden Hurricane scoreless over the first six minutes.
Tulsa fell behind early, but would not go away so easy. Shug Dickson scored 21 points as the Golden Hurricane hit 11 threes, the most against the Huskies this season.
A big advantage in the first half for UConn came off turnovers. They only gave the ball up a season-low two times in the first half while scoring 24 points off Tulsa’s 12 miscues. The Huskies also controlled the paint, where they outscored the Golden Hurricane 44-12.
With Samuelson taking on the brunt of the scoring, Gabby Williams settled into the role of facilitator. She continues to flirt with a triple-double, totaling 13 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.
Coming out of the half, UConn allowed a quick three off a defensive lapse. It served as a wake-up call for the Huskies, who quickly rebounded with a 14-2 run.
Tulsa went cold from three and UConn only expanded its lead, growing to 40 at one point. It took the Huskies’ bench over 33 minutes to score their first points, although Geno really only has two options off the bench in Molly Bent and Natalie Butler.
This marks win number 92 in a row as the Huskies’ record winning streak continues.
After spending the last week on the road, UConn will return home for the Huskies’ first game at Gampel Pavilion since December 1. They take on Tulane on Sunday at 1 p.m.