UConn women’s basketball dropped to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, its lowest ranking since the 1993-94 season.
The Huskies lost to then-No. 10, now No. 5 Texas on the road yesterday, their third defeat of the year. They now have more losses at this point in the calendar than any other UConn team since 1986-87 — Geno Auriemma’s second year in charge.
While the Huskies have gotten off to a rough start, they’ve also faced a gauntlet of a schedule. Their three defeats came at the hands of No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 NC State and No. 5 Texas — all of which were away from home. According to the Massey Ratings, UConn has the top strength of schedule in the nation so far.
Not only is the competition fierce, the Huskies are shorthanded — again. Azzi Fudd (torn ACL) and Jana El Alfy (ruptured Achilles) are out for the season, while Caroline Ducharme (neck spasms) and Ayanna Patterson (knee) are all out indefinitely. At least two of those players would’ve been starters and all four were set to be contributors.
As a result, UConn has been forced to rely heavily on its four freshman, all of whom have dealt with typical first-year struggles.
The Huskies should get back on track against Ball State on Wednesday, but have another test coming with No. 24 North Carolina on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.