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UConn Women’s Basketball Shoots Past Temple, 109-74

The Huskies reach triple-digits for the second-straight game thanks to their best shooting performance of the season.

In a game that featured little defense, the UConn women’s basketball team defeated the Temple Owls 109-74 in front of a sold-out crowd in Gampel Pavilion.

Temple jumped ahead first, scoring the first five points of the game before UConn quickly responded, tying the game at seven apiece. The Huskies seized their first lead of the game thanks to a 7-0 run that put them up 14-9 thanks to four points by Napheesa Collier and three by Megan Walker and never looked back.

Despite taking the lead, UConn struggled to get separation from the Owls. However, a late surge, capped by a buzzer-beater from Christyn Williams, put the Huskies up nine at the end of the first quarter.

After an offensive showcase in the first ten minutes, the Huskies defense clamped down in the second. Temple managed just six baskets, all of which came from behind the three-point line. Down the other end of the court, a pair of threes from Crystal Dangerfield helped UConn expand its lead to 18 points.

Out of the half, Temple briefly took control, scoring 10 of the first 15 points. But once the Huskies settled back in, it was all over. The lead was down to just 13 points before UConn exploded for a 12-0 run behind a trio three-pointers from Dangerfield, Christyn Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson. By the time Temple could blink and call a timeout, the Huskies led 80-55.

With the game in hand, head coach Geno Auriemma worked his reserves in for the final period.

Collier continues to dominate, as the senior finished with 30 points on 12-16 shooting with 14 rebounds and six assists. It is her sixth straight game with over 20 points and her 12th double-double of the season. Collier has only shot below 50 percent from the field once this season.

UConn had its best shooting night of the season, hitting 63 percent of their field goals and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. Dangerfield was particularly hot shooting, hitting 5-6 from deep. She finished with 22 points and nine assists. Samuelson snapped out of her cold streak, hitting 5-8 from three en route to 19 points.

Next, UConn faces a battle with No. 12 South Carolina on Monday at the XL Center.