UConn women’s basketball was without Geno Auriemma again on Tuesday night, but the Huskies had no problem taking down Wichita State 84-47. In their first ever trip to Wichita State, Chris Dailey led UConn to another victory and secured sole possession of the AAC regular season title for the sixth-straight season.
Napheesa Collier led the way for the Huskies with a season-high 32 points. She shot an efficient 13-15 from the floor, and added 12 rebounds for her sixth-straight double-double. On the defensive end, Olivia Nelson-Ododa excelled off the bench and tallied six blocks to go along with her eight points.
The Huskies came out strong, taking the double-digit lead by just over five minutes into the game and shooting particularly well from beyond the arc, where they hit four of their first seven attempts. UConn closed the first quarter on a 23-0 run to secure a 27-5 lead and by the end of the half, that lead was extended to 46-19.
At the half, Crystal Dangerfield and Collier led all scorers with 14 points a piece. On the defensive end, the bench gave the Huskies great minutes with Nelson-Ododa adding four blocks in just nine minutes on the floor and Mikayla Coombs chipping in with two steals.
The Huskies then started the second half cold from the floor. They were able to get good opportunities, but the shots were not falling. Eventually, UConn rallied behind 14 third quarter points from Collier and outstanding ball movement from Dangerfield who had four assists in the third quarter alone.
The game was a great team effort on both ends of the floor. Particularly, on the offensive end the Huskies shared the ball well and finished the game with 23 assists on 30 made field goals, for an assisted shot rate of 77 percent.
Next, UConn heads home for their second to last regular season game. The Huskies will face Houston at Gampel Pavilion for Senior Day on Saturday.