The two Bruins’ stars are particularly at their best on the run and in transition, but the Huskies’ defense did not allow a single fastbreak point Tuesday night, a testament to how well they kept Canada and Billings in check.
Nurse finished the game 5-8 (62.5 percent) from three-point range. In the first two games of the season, Nurse attempted just three 3-pointers combined. It was clear that without Samuelson, the Huskies relied on Nurse to take (and make) many more threes.
Katie Lou Samuelson’s foot injury was the only damper on a great night for the UConn women’s basketball program. On “Lobo Night,” a night honoring Rebecca Lobo’s induction to the Hall of Fame, the No. 1 Huskies dominated No. 20 Cal 82-47 in their home opener at Gampel Pavilion.
The No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team will begin a stretch of three games in five days by taking on No. 20 California on Friday night at Gampel Pavilion. The five-day period will also include a home game against No. 15 Maryland and a long road trip to play No. 8 UCLA.
“Not ideal, not exactly what we wanted,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said of the difficult stretch.
Nelson-Ododa, a 6-foot-5 forward from Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, is the second top-five recruit to commit to the Huskies’ juggernaut this week, joining No. 1 overall recruit Christyn Williams from Arkansas.
Seven months and 12 days after suffering a buzzer beating loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four, the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team was back in action Sunday afternoon to open the 2017-18 season. The Huskies didn’t seem to miss a beat, as they came out on top of the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 78-53 in a game at neutral site Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Daily Campus recently had the pleasure of speaking with the SNY crew covering UConn women’s basketball, which includes Eric Frede and UConn alums Meghan Culmo and Kara Wolters. Associate sports editor and UConn women’s basketball beat writer Christopher Hanna was able to speak with the experts about their takes on a number of burning questions on the Huskies for the upcoming season.
Vital went 4-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-for-11 from the free throw line to power the offense, while adding five rebounds to keep UConn perfect before they ship off to Portland to participate in the PK80 Invitational this week.
Vital gave the ball some energy and brought UConn back to life, nailing a three pointer five-and-a-half minutes into the game to cut the Huskies’ deficit to 8-4. After that, the sophomore guard from Queens, New York caught fire, hitting 9-15 field goals in the first half, including 4-10 from beyond the arc.
After they almost let their last game get away, the UConn men’s basketball team hopes to make a statement against Boston University on Sunday.
Last year, the two teams made headlines by having one of the lowest-scoring first halves in UConn history—it was 21-17 after 20 minutes of play. The Husky offense is not terribly impressive thus far, but a 2-0 start to the season is more than they can say compared to last year.
Despite an ugly first half filled with offensive miscues and turnovers, the UConn men’s basketball team went on a 19-2 run in the final five minutes to complete the comeback against Stony Brook, winning 72-64 at their XL opener in Hartford.
After a 70-58 win in their opener Friday night against Colgate, the UConn men’s basketball team is back in action on Tuesday to face Stony Brook at the XL Center in Hartford. Tuesday’s game is one of the non-bracketed games of the PK80 mid-season tournament, which UConn will resume in Portland, Oregon on Nov. 23.
The UConn men’s basketball team started their 2017-18 season with a Gampel Pavilion win as they failed to do a season ago. The Huskies, playing without star point guard Jalen Adams, suspended by the team following a misdemeanor summons charge Thursday, held off pesky Colgate for a 70-58 win in their opener.