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UConn Women’s Basketball Steamrolls SMU, 79-39

The Huskies’ seniors outscore the Mustangs by themselves.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

In their first game of the spring semester, the UConn women’s basketball team made quick work of the SMU Mustangs in a 79-39 win.

The Huskies’ seniors carried the load offensively, outscoring the Mustangs with 43 points. Collier totaled eight rebounds and four assists while Samuelson grabbed four rebounds to go with five assists.

As has become typical of the last few games, the Huskies got off to a slow start and only led by three when SMU took their first timeout of the game. After the short break, UConn woke up and quickly ripped off a 18-3 run that put them up 24-10 at the end of the first quarter.

While the offense performed well, it was defense that kick-started the Huskies. They came out in a full-court press and suffocated the Mustangs, forcing eight turnovers in the first period while SMU only managed to sink four baskets.

That defense carried over to the second quarter as UConn held SMU to just six points in the entire quarter. The Huskies slowly built their lead before exploding with a 10-0 run to end the half in which they held the Mustangs without a point for the final 2:36. At the midway point, UConn lead 46-16.

After the half, the Huskies seemed to take their foot off the gas and lightened up defensively, allowing 19 points in the third quarter. However, they continued scoring with ease and grew their lead by six points by the end of the period.

As is typical during conference play, the bench saw most of the minutes in the final period.

Megan Walker had another strong game, scoring 11 points on an efficient 4-7 from the field to go with four rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield filled the stat sheet with eight points, eight assists and five rebounds.

As a team, UConn moved the ball well, assisting on 26 of 31 shots. They also held onto the ball well, turning it over just five times. The defense forced more turnovers (24) than SMU had made baskets (16).

One area the Huskies did struggle in was on the glass. UConn was out-rebounded 48-37 and allowed 23 offensive rebounds.

Next up, the Huskies will face UCF at the XL Center on Sunday. The Knights enter the game second in the conference with a 16-2 record.