Top Husky Performances of the Weekend: Carlton and Collier carry UConn basketball to victories


Josh Carlton helped lead UConn to a big win over USF with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and blocked one shot (Photo by Judah Shingleton/The Daily Campus)

Napheesa Collier, Women’s Basketball:

Naismith Trophy semifinalist Collier scored 29 points en route to an 83-61 win over Houston this weekend. Collier also grabbed nine boards and swatted two shots to go along with three assists on Rebecca Lobo’s No. 50 jersey retirement night.

Josh Carlton, Men’s Basketball:

Sophomore big man Carlton provided a spark for the UConn men’s basketball team in its 60-58 win over USF. He dropped 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and blocked one shot in UConn’s (14-15, 5-11) first win in six games. Carlton was 7-of-9 from the field in a game where the Huskies were unable to hit a single 3-point shot.

John Toppa, Baseball:

Senior left fielder Toppa led the Huskies to a 2-2 record this weekend, picking up wins versus Northeastern and No. 25 Illinois. Toppa was 6-for-16 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI, eight runs scored, four walks and a stolen base in this weekend’s action. He saw his season-long streak end against Illinois, but drew three walks in the game, drove in a run and scored an insurance run in the win.

Reese Guevarra, Softball:

Sophomore left fielder Guevarra was vital in the UConn softball team’s first win in 11 games this weekend against New Mexico 2-1. Guevarra started off the scoring with a home run in the second inning and was the only UConn (4-12) player with a multi-hit game against New Mexico.

Kat Surin, Women’s Track and Field:

In the 2019 ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championship, sprinter Surin reigned supreme in the 400m dash. Posting a UConn school record time of 52.91 seconds, she took home the gold medal in this event. Her effort helped UConn to second place overall in this competition.

Wellington Ventura, Men’s Track and Field:

Ventura also posted a school record of 46.67 seconds in the 400m, securing him a silver medal at the 2019 ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. Ventura and his teammates were able to bring the gold medal back to Storrs for the second year running, as they led the pack with 108 points.

Mike Mavredakis is a campus correspondent for the Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at

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