How to watch
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: UConn Sports Network (97.9 ESPN and affiliates)
Preseason poll: 11th
Location: Washington, DC
Head coach: James Howard (fourth season)
After facing quality opponents in each of their last three games — a stretch that Geno Auriemma described as the toughest of his team’s schedule so far this season — the Huskies should have an easier task ahead of them in Friday night’s game at Georgetown.
The Hoyas average just 49.5 points per game and are shooting 34 percent from the floor on the season, both of which rank in the bottom 10 percent of the country per Her Hoop Stats. Kelsey Ranson leads the way for Georgetown with 11.1 points per game.
The game also kicks off a five-game Big East road slate for the Huskies. UConn isn’t scheduled to play at home again until March 1 against Marquette.
In the January 23 matchup at Gampel Pavilion, UConn cruised to an easy 72-41 victory. Paige Bueckers missed the game following her ankle injury at Tennessee and the juniors led UConn to victory with 49 combined points from Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Christyn Williams, and Evina Westbrook.
By the numbers
5 — This game marks the Huskies’ fifth game in ten days. With nagging injuries affecting many players in UConn’s core rotation, more bench play may be in order Friday.
7 — Mir McLean has logged just seven total minutes on the court over the Huskies last three games after averaging 10 minutes per game in January. It’s been a competitive stretch of games but Georgetown should give her an opportunity to get some more experience on the floor.
6.0 — Over the last six games, Aubrey Griffin is averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. Prior to that, she had only grabbed 4.8 rpg.
What to watch for
Can Christyn Williams shoot her way out of a slump?
Williams has had a tough shooting stretch over the last two games. She’s 3-17 from the floor, had just six points against South Carolina, and put up a goose egg against Seton Hall on Wednesday. Prior to this rough patch, she had two really solid performances at DePaul and at Marquette. This game should present plenty of opportunities for her to drive to the hoop and get good looks. A few early baskets could be enough to get her going.
Can UConn avoid another slow start?
The Huskies started slow against South Carolina on Monday and came out flat against Seton Hall on Wednesday, which led to them trailing at the half. Look to see if UConn can come out with more energy and avoid another sluggish first quarter on Friday.