UConn women’s basketball started off the Paradise Jam in a dominating fashion, beating Ole Miss 90-50.
The Huskies’ seniors were the stars of the game. Katie Lou Samuelson scored 22 points, including 4 three-pointers. She joined elite UConn company with her 300th career three-pointer tonight. Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also totaled over 300 baskets from beyond the arc in their careers.
Napheesa Collier tallied her second straight double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Collier was 7-for-12 from the floor.
UConn unsurprisingly got off to a quick start, climbing to a 23-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Huskies continued to build their lead in the second quarter, allowing two quick points and then not letting up another basket until 3:22 remained in the half.
Napheesa Collier shined in the first 12 minutes, tallying 13 points and 6 rebounds before heading to the bench with her second foul. She also shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half.
Even with Collier on the bench, the Huskies excelled on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Samuelson also tallied 13 points in the first half. Megan Walker and Christyn Williams stepped up on the glass, including 3 offensive boards from Williams.
Walker had an impressive second half, scoring 10 of her 12 points after the break. She finished the game just one rebound shy of a double-double.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa was a bright spot off the bench for the Huskies. In her 12 minutes on the floor, she scored in double figures to finish with 11 points. Batouly Camara was the only other bench player to score with 4 points.
The Huskies will take on St. John’s tomorrow in the second of three games at Paradise Jam. The 7:30 p.m. game can only be watched with a FloHoops subscription, but the radio broadcast will be on the UConn IMG Sports Network.