How to watch
When: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
Radio: 105.9 The River
Preseason poll: 11th
Location: Washington, DC
Head coach: James Howard (fourth season)
After playing just two games in span of 27 days before this week, UConn women’s basketball will take the court for its third game in five days when it goes against on Georgetown on Saturday.
The Hoyas have dealt with COVID issues all season long as 10 of the 15 games on their schedule have either been canceled or postponed. They didn’t play their first game until Dec. 18 and have played three times in January so far.
All four of Georgetown’s losses have been by at least 18 points. The Hoyas’ sole win came against Butler, though they also dropped a game to the Bulldogs, which happened to be their only win of the year as well.
Georgetown has the 12th-worst offense in the country, scoring a measly 48.8 points per game while its overall field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage all rank in the bottom 10 nationally.
Defensively, the Hoyas are mediocre. They allow 65.0 points per game — right around the middle of the pack — and hold opponents to 40.5 percent shooting. Their biggest strength is on the boards, specially the offensive glass, where they collect 36.7 percent of their misses — 56th in the country.
Not a single player is averaging double-figures in scoring, though Kelsey Ransom leads the way with 9.2 points per game. She’s also tops on the team in assists (2.4) and steals (2.2) but turns the ball over a staggering 5.2 times per game. Three players — Taylor Baur, Graceann Bennett and Jillian Archer — grab over six rebounds per game.
The two teams haven’t met since the old Big East broke up. The last meeting came on Jan. 9, 2013 — a 75-48 win for the Huskies on the road. Overall, UConn holds a 45-6 edge over the Hoyas. The Huskies have won the last 28 matchups dating back to Feb. 27, 1993.
By the numbers
7 — Olivia Nelson-Ododa only scored seven points on Thursday night, this first time she hasn’t reached double-figures this season.
6 — Evina Westbrook has scored at least 10 points in each of her last six games. Over the last three games, the redshirt junior has only missed six shots as well.
What to watch for
Paige Bueckers’ health
UPDATE: UConn announced on Saturday morning that Bueckers will be out due to the ankle injury sustained against Tennessee.
UConn’s freshman phenom twisted her ankle in the win over Tennessee and though she eventually returned the game, her status for Saturday’s game is up in the air. The biggest question will be whether or not Bueckers even plays — though Evina Westbrook did say postgame that she expects the freshman to be fine. But even if Bueckers does play, she almost certainly won’t be close to 100 percent which means players like Westbrook, Christyn Williams and Nika Muhl will need to step up to take some of the load off her.
Can UConn avoid a letdown?
Given the circumstances, this could be one of UConn’s most difficult games of the season — at least mentally. The Huskies will play their third game in five days against a bad team while coming an emotional win over Tennessee. The letdown potential is high. Can UConn look past all the noise and dominate Georgetown wire-to-wire like it should? Or will it be a tired, sloppy affair?