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Kia Nurse named AAC player of the week

Nurse led the undefeated Huskies to two wins.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Despite Thursday’s less-than-stellar 78-60 win at home over Tulsa and a close win against an upset-minded No. 9 Texas, UConn women’s basketball maintained its perfect record. The Huskies also had a dominating victory over Temple on the road Sunday.

For her efforts, senior guard Kia Nurse was named the American Athletic Conference player of the week.

Against Texas, she played all 40 minutes, scoring 13 points, anchored by a 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line. On Thursday, she scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

Nurse followed that up with an even better performance on Sunday, grabbing a game-high 24 points, shooting 69.2 percent from the floor. She also had six rebounds, four assists, and a steal.

The senior from Hamilton, Ontario had a 60 percent field goal percentage on the week, including a 10-for-20 performance from beyond the arc, and averaged 18 points per game across 33.7 minutes per contest. She also only had one turnover.

Elsewhere in Husky athletics, Tanner Creel was thrust into the starter’s role this weekend against No. 10 Providence after Adam Huska sprained his wrist during practice.

He bounced back from allowing two early goals to earn a 2.02 goals against average to go along with a .930 save percentage in the series split, which saw the Huskies win on the road against No. 10 Providence.