The last time the UConn women’s basketball played at Devlin Fieldhouse, they were nearly handed their first-ever American Conference loss. However, there would be no upset bid this time the Huskies crushed the Tulane Green Wave, 91-47.
Azura Stevens led the way off the bench, scoring 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting along with four blocks in just 19 minutes of action.
Tulane opened the scoring with a three but it all quickly fell apart from there for the Green Wave. UConn responded with a 15-2 run, spurred from a strong press that forced Tulane into 12 first-quarter turnovers.
The domination from the Huskies continued as they closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run and held the Green Wave at seven points for 6:18.
The second quarter was much of the same as UConn continued to steadily build their lead. At the half, Tulane had as many turnovers (17) as shots while the Huskies shot 69 percent and led 48-21.
Despite scoring just four points in the first half, Katie Lou Samuelson put up 11 points in the third quarter alone. While her early scoring output was a touch below her high standards, Samuelson contributed in other ways, dishing seven assists while grabbing nine rebounds.
The Green Wave kept pace with UConn out of the half but couldn’t sustain the effort as they eventually let up a 11-0 run that put the game away for good.
The fourth quarter left little in the way of drama as the Huskies lead grew over 40 points. In the end, UConn came away with a 91-47 win.
Gabby Williams contributed 10 points, five rebounds and six assists to the effort while Napheesa Collier added 22 points. Freshmen Mikayla Coombs and Megan Walker were the only players to not see the court despite the hefty lead.
Next, the Huskies play their penultimate regular season game when they travel to face SMU. Tipoff is Saturday at 6 p.m. EST on SNY.