With the WNBA season coming to a close, two recent graduates of the UConn Women’s basketball team, Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier, are finishing their rookie seasons.
Jalen Adams left UConn as the tenth all-time scorer in program history. Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier helped bring a title to Storrs and transformed into perennial All-Americans. Now, the two programs look to a pair of rising seniors to step into new roles: Christian Vital and Crystal Dangerfield.
The Huskies are coming off thrashing an inferior ECU team 118-55 and now have its sights set on a poor Temple team. UConn’s 70 points in the first half were the most they scored this season and 118 points was 19 more than they scored in an entire game this year. Just about everyone played a role in the team’s victory.
As a team, the Knights (17-2, 6-0 AAC) out rebound their opponents 38-34. Guard Nyala Shuler is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.7 per game. UCF has size with three players who stand at 6-foot-3. While UConn will certainly focus on rebounding, it will not have to worry as much about UCF’s 3-point shooting, as the Knights are seventh in the conference for 3-point shooting percentage.