In a unique mid-week matinee, the UConn women’s basketball team rolled over the shorthanded Memphis Tigers, 93-36.
After missing the last game with an ankle injury, Katie Lou Samuelson returned to the lineup and did not appear to be hampered by the injury. She moved well and scored 17 points despite hitting just one of her five three-point attempts.
Memphis landed an early punch, jumping ahead to a 10-6 lead. However, the Tigers — with only six healthy players — could only hang on against the high-powered Huskies for so long.
UConn scored seven straight points to take the lead going into the first media timeout and that was only the start of the Tigers’ downfall. Memphis was held scoreless for the final 5:49 of the first quarter and the Huskies’ run topped out at 20-0.
Despite a basket to start the second quarter, the Tigers simply had no answers for UConn on either end of the court. The Huskies came back with a 16-0 run to widen the gap even more.
Combined, the two runs spanned 10:30 of game time where UConn outscored the Tigers 36-2. At the half, the Huskies held a 46-15 lead.
In her first collegiate game in her home state, Crystal Dangerfield orchestrated the offense nearly to perfection, scoring nine points while dishing out five assists without a single turnover in the first half. She finished with 12 points on four-of-five shooting.
Out of the break, UConn’s defense continued to dominate. They forced the Tigers to multiple scoring droughts and extended the lead to over 50. By the end of the third quarter, Memphis had as many points as turnovers (22).
With the lead well in hand, the starters did not play a single minute in the final quarter, giving the reserves some quality playing time.
Offensively, UConn finished with five players in double-figures. Napheesa Collier earned a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Azura Stevens also picked up a double-double, scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while snatching 10 rebounds.
Next, the Huskies return home to Gampel Pavilion to face the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday at noon.