Women’s Basketball: Walker single handedly defeats Tulane

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It was a chippy game between Tulane and the UConn women’s basketball team on Wednesday night, but no star shone brighter than Megan Walker who scored a career high 34 points in the 75-33 Husky win.

Walker’s 34 points single handedly outscored the entire Tulane team by a point. The 6-1 sophomore also recorded her first career double-double in the victory with 10 rebounds.

“I think since we got back from Christmas, Megan has had a different approach to the game,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in an article posted to the team’s website. “Her effort is different. Her intensity level is different. Just her whole mannerisms are different. It’s obviously showed up in the way she’s played in games. These are the kind of games where you just need one person to step up because everyone else is struggling to make any kind of shot. Today, it was her.”

The Huskies struggled with foul trouble and hitting outside shots throughout the game, but Walker took the game into her own hands by driving to the basket and and being physical.

“This is just the second year (for me) now,” Walker said in an article posted to the teams website. “I’ve got a year under my belt and I want to make an impact, so I’m just focusing on that and being really aggressive the whole time.”

In 2017, UConn experienced a close call against Tulane when they narrowly beat The Green Wave 63-60. In Wednesday’s matchup, the Huskies limited Tulane to a season low four points in the first quarter. UConn remains 105-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

“I thought we played great defensively for the entire 40 minutes,” Auriemma said in an article posted to the teams website. “Sometimes the defensive effort wanes as the game goes on, but I thought this was a really, really good defensive effort, coming off the last game when our players were a little disappointed with the way we came out.”

Junior Crystal Dangerfield spent a large chunk of the game on the bench after she picked up four fouls less than halfway through the third quarter. Walker and freshman Christyn Williams also ended the game with four fouls each.

UConn is now 15-1 on the season and 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

Next up, the Huskies will head to Philadelphia to play Temple at 1p.m. on Sunday afternoon.


Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at mariana.dominguez@uconn.edu.

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