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2019 NCAA Tournament: No. 2 UConn Women’s Basketball Rolls Past No. 15 Towson, 110-61

The Huskies shot the lights out in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the second-seeded UConn women’s basketball team blew past the 15-seed Towson Tigers 110-61.

Katie Lou Samuelson returned from a back injury that knocked her out of the last four games. She started and played 22 minutes, collecting 11 points, six assists and five rebounds. Samuelson didn’t appear to be limited by the back at all as she hit the floor multiple times and continued playing without much issue.

It didn’t take long for UConn to establish control over the 15-seed. Towson missed their first nine shots from the field and didn’t score until the 5:22 mark in the first quarter. The Huskies took an early 10-point lead and didn’t look back from there. They closed the period with a 17-2 run that put them up 31-7.

Crystal Dangerfield found her shooting groove in the second quarter, hitting a pair of threes along with a quick pull-up jumper as part of a 7-0 run from UConn. That run and a second nine-point spurt helped the Huskies continue to build a comfortable lead throughout the second quarter. At the half, UConn led by 40 points.

Out of the break, UConn took their foot off the gas a bit while Towson cranked up the intensity. Christyn Williams scored eight of the Huskies final 11 points of the quarter en route to her second-career 20-point game. She finished with 21 points on 8-12 shooting, four assists and three rebounds.

Not all was great for the Huskies, though, as they gave up 21 offensive rebounds and only outscored Towson by nine points in the second half.

All five starters for UConn reached double-figures and hit at least one 3-pointer. As a team, the Huskies shot 59 percent from the field and a ridiculous 15-29 (52 percent) from three.

Collier lead all scorers with 23 points along with 14 rebounds and four assists. Dangerfield added 20 points to go with three assists while Megan Walker had a strong day with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Next, UConn will play 10-seed Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m.