UConn women’s basketball improved to 4-0 in conference play Wednesday night with a 75-33 win at Tulane. Sophomore Megan Walker led the Huskies to victory with a career-high 34 points on 11-16 shooting and added 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
The Huskies struggled with their perimeter shooting (7-24), turnovers (18) and foul trouble, but an impressive defensive performance allowed them to hold Tulane to just 18 percent shooting and just 33 points.
The Huskies pulled ahead early thanks to a handful of turnovers from the Green Wave. A strong defensive performance held Tulane scoreless for the last eight minutes of the first quarter, giving the Huskies the 18-4 advantage. Tulane finished the quarter with twice as many turnovers as points.
UConn continued to excel in the second quarter, holding Tulane to just 14 first-half points. The Huskies were also nearly automatic in the paint to counteract poor 3-point scoring, and ended the half shooting 50 percent from the floor. At the half, Walker had a team high 15 points and six rebounds.
The third quarter was ugly, with the Huskies shooting just 3-15 from the floor. Multiple trips to the free throw line for UConn, combined with a strong defensive effort, allowed the Huskies to maintain their lead.
Katie Lou Samuelson was the second highest scorer of the night, finishing with 17 points. Napheesa Collier had a strong second half after getting in foul trouble early, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and her ninth double-double of the season.
Extensive foul trouble is a rare problem for the Huskies, who commit the fewest fouls in the country at just 11.3 per game. However, Collier was not the only Husky in trouble tonight. Walker, Crystal Dangerfield, and Christyn Williams all finished the game with four fouls apiece. Williams also continued to struggle with her shot, shooting just 1-10 from the floor.
Molly Bent led all bench players with 14 minutes after her impressive performance against South Florida over the weekend. Bent had another solid outing, adding three assists and three steals for the Huskies.
Next, UConn continues conference play with a trip to Philadelphia. The Huskies will face Temple at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on SNY.