Women's Basketball: Before Louisville, UConn hosts SMU in conference tilt
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 23:02
A marquee national championship rematch between UConn and Louisville looms on the horizon. Southern Methodist, however, comes first.
The Mustangs (14-7, 5-5 American Athletic Conference) are the lone new conference opponent that the top-ranked Huskies have yet to play.
Thus far, UConn (23-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference) has knocked off each of its new American foes. Central Florida, Memphis, Houston and Temple – twice – have all fallen victim and accounted for half of the first-place Huskies’ conference wins.
SMU, which sits fifth in the conference and the highest of those five new opponents, seemingly presents the biggest challenge to UConn among that group.
The Mustangs have twice given the No. 4 Cardinals a competitive game, losing by margins of 20 and 15 points, and played a respectable South Florida squad to a 14-point defeat.
To date, SMU’s most impressive wins have been a double-overtime victory over Memphis and a 66-47 win over Cincinnati that came last week.
UConn also enters Tuesday night’s matchup having recently played the Bearcats – an 86-29 drubbing on Saturday was the most recent of the Huskies’ wins.
In contrast to recent wins that saw Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley take over and lead the way, UConn’s win over Cincinnati was a more balanced effort.
Five players–Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Moriah Jefferson, Saniya Chong, Stewart and Hartley – all posted double-digit points in the blowout. Stewart, Jefferson, Chong and Brianna Banks all contributed with at least three assists.
Tip-off between the Huskies and Mustangs is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gampel Pavilion. The game can be seen on SNY.