Women’s Basketball: UConn looks for 91st-straight win on the road against SMU


Saniya Chong dribbles past a USF defender in the Huskies' 102-37 win over the Bulls on Jan. 10, 2017 at the XL Center. (Owen Bonaventura/The Daily Campus)

Saniya Chong dribbles past a USF defender in the Huskies’ 102-37 win over the Bulls on Jan. 10, 2017 at the XL Center. (Owen Bonaventura/The Daily Campus)

After tying a program and NCAA record with 90-straight wins following a 102-37 dismantling of No. 20 USF on Tuesday, the UConn women’s basketball team looks to make history once again and aim for their 91st straight win on the road against SMU.

The Huskies (15-0, 3-0 the American) have never lost to the Mustangs in six meetings dating back to 2014, outscoring SMU (10-6, 1-2 the American) by an average of over 50 points. This road matchup will mark the first for the Huskies against first-year head coach Travis Mays, who replaced Rhonda Rompola after 25 years at the helm. UConn has also defeated its last 117 unranked opponents and won its last 100 road games.

Should UConn defeat the Mustangs, the Huskies’ current streak will pass the streak UConn set from 2008-11, where they won 90 straight games. The streak will become the second best in the history of women’s college basketball, second to only Wayland Baptist women’s basketball team, who won 131 consecutive games between 1953 and 1958.

Following a 20-point performance in the blowout of USF, point guard Saniya Chong will be relied upon even more heavily due to the absence of freshman point Crystal Dangerfield, who will be out at least two weeks due to a stress reaction in her left foot. While freshman Molly Bent will likely see an uptick in minutes, Chong will likely handle the bulk of the load early on. So far, Chong is averaging 6.5 points per game and has 43 assists on the season to just 11 turnovers.

SMU is led by forward Alicia Froling, who was named to the American Athletic Conference’s preseason all-conference second team and is currently averaging 15 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Froling’s 6-foot-3 frame could provide a relatively short UConn frontcourt with a legitimate challenge, and will likely lead to more minutes for Natalie Butler to help negate Froling’s size and rebounding ability. McKenzie Adams is the only other Mustang averaging double figures with 10.8 points per game.

The Mustangs also struggle from deep, shooting just 26.8 percent from 3-point range with only one player (Morgan Bolton) shooting better than 30 percent from beyond the arc (32.8 percent).

UConn will try to make history against the Mustangs at 3 p.m. eastern time at Moody Coliseum. The will be broadcast on SNY and can he heard on WTIC 1080, the UConn Radio Network.

Dan Madigan is the sports editor for The Daily Campus, covering football and women’s basketball. He can be reached via email at daniel.madigan@uconn.edu. He tweets @dmad1433.

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