Continuing with program tradition, the UConn women’s basketball team will travel to Missouri on Dec. 4 to face the St. Louis University Bilikens next season for Napheesa Collier’s homecoming game. The O’Fallon, Missouri native lived in Jefferson City for much of her life before moving to St. Louis as a sophomore in high school.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, head coach Geno Auriemma promised Collier a home game when she signed with the Huskies.
“We’ve been anticipating this for a long time,” Collier’s father Gamal told the Post-Dispatch. “We knew from the start she would have this game. A lot of schools don’t want to play (UConn), so it’s something they start working on as soon as possible. When we went through the recruiting process, we knew they’d try to get a home game and just waited for the logistics.”
St. Louis is expected to have a down year after losing six players from the most decorated senior class in program history, reaching three-straight WNIT appearances after reaching the postseason just once in the previous four decades. The Huskies and Bilikens have never played each other.
UConn’s non-conference schedule is close to complete. According to SNY’s Carl Adamec, the Huskies will travel to face St. Louis along with Baylor, Cal, Louisville, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, while also heading to the US Virigin Islands for the Paradise Jam. UConn will also play DePaul, Ohio State, Seton Hall, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at home.
It also would not be a surprise to see UConn add another game with a Los Angeles-based team for Katie Lou Samuelson’s homecoming. The Hunginton Beach, CA native was injured last season when the Huskies traveled to UCLA in November.