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UConn Women’s Basketball Beats Houston on Senior Day, 83-61

The Huskies trounced Houston with former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant in the building.

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In a star-studded Senior Day affair, UConn women’s basketball defeated the Houston Cougars, 83-61, at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday.

UConn honored both Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, unveiling their spots on the Huskies of Honor, and also retired Rebecca Lobo’s No. 50. Along with all the festivities, Kobe Bryant watched from the first row behind the UConn bench with his daughter.

Samuelson would only play 18 minutes in her final regular season game at Gampel Pavilion. In the second quarter, the senior collided with a Houston player while going after a loose ball and stayed down on the ground. She briefly returned in the second half, but ultimately did not continue playing.

Head coach Geno Auriemma said after the game Samuelson is day-to-day with back spasms.

Houston started on fire from three, hitting five before the first media timeout to take a double-digit lead. The Husky offense sputtered to start but once they found their footing, UConn scored ten straight points to tie the game at 17. Houston briefly gave up the lead but held onto it at the end of the first ten minutes.

In the second period, Crystal Dangerfield stepped in front of a pass and took it the other way to give UConn a 26-25 lead. The Huskies didn’t look back from there.

That Dangerfield basket was the first of 12 in a row from the Huskies. Houston would get back within single digits a few times, but never threatened much.

Collier led UConn with 29 points on 10-14 shooting. She and Megan Walker both snatched nine rebounds each as well. Dangerfield racked up 19 points on the day paired with eight assists. The Huskies had total control of the post, out-scoring the Cougars 40-12 in the paint.

UConn closes up the regular season on Monday at USF. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.