Around the American: Women’s Basketball

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Christyn Williams scores against ECU in a recent American Conference game (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

Despite the fact that UConn women’s basketball has dropped from being rank No. 2 to rank No. 5 overall in the NCAA, they remain the leaders of the American Athletic Conference with a perfect record.  

Although the Huskies have a polished record in conference play, the Cincinnati Bearcats managed to challenge the Huskies by keeping the game close until the final buzzer, only to lose by a mere 10 points.  

Temple will be taking on the Huskies this upcoming Saturday, in which they look to improve their conference record from 4-5. The Owls seek redemption after their 76-65 loss to Houston this past Tuesday.  

It is necessary for players like guard Alliya Butts to perform well in their match up against the Huskies if they want the outcome of the game to be in their favor.  

While the Huskies stand at number one, UCF is not far behind, with an 8-1 record in conference play and their only loss being against UConn. UCF’s most recent two games were close matches, in which they came out as the victor. Their most recent conference victory ended in a 3-point margin between the Knights and South Florida.  

The AAC has had some close games this past week, with two ending in overtime. One of these overtime games included the SMU Mustangs beating Houston by one point. While Tulane battled with South Florida, winning by 2 points, Tulsa managed to bounce back from their conference loss in overtime against the Tulane Green Wave. Although Memphis kept it close, Tulsa secured a 3-point win over the Tigers.  

Following Wichita State’s 25-point loss to Temple, their second win in conference play was secured after defeating East Carolina.


Hanaisha Lewis is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at hanaisha.lewis@uconn.edu.

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