The Huskies may have been without one of their starters on Saturday, but that didn’t stop them from yet another dominant performance.
Behind double-digit performances from five players, UConn beat Seton Hall 99-61 at the XL Center in its final home game of 2018.
Despite Megan Walker being unable to play due to strep throat, the Huskies proved to be a well-oiled machine against the Pirates. Kyla Irwin and Olivia Nelson-Ododa saw ample playing time in Walker’s absence, while the regular starters led the way.
Not only did Katie Lou Samuelson record her first double-double of the season on Saturday, but she also pushed past Diana Taurasi for the second-most 3-pointers in UConn history. She now has 320 career 3-pointers and led the Huskies with 26 points, 16 rebounds and six assists
Napheesa Collier put up 18 points, while Crystal Dangerfield scored 16. Christyn Williams ended the night with 15, and Nelson-Ododa was the final Husky to score in double digits with 13.
UConn got out to a quick lead in the first quarter behind Williams. It seemed like the Huskies couldn’t miss in the first, shooting 71 percent and knocking down multiple 3-pointers, including two from Samuelson. By the end of the first quarter they led Seton Hall 35-13.
The second quarter was more of a group effort from UConn, with Collier and Samuelson both reaching double digits. Sophomore Mikayla Coombs, Nelson-Ododa and Irwin all contributed in the first half, especially on defense. Coombs finished the half with three rebounds, an assist, steal and block, while Irwin had three points, three assists and two steals. Nelson-Ododa recorded seven points and two blocks. UConn went into halftime with a 61-29 lead.
The third quarter was a bit sloppy for UConn, punctuated by six turnovers and shooting 29.4 percent from the field. The less-than-perfect play didn’t hinder the Huskies, though. They ended the quarter up 75-41. Highlighting the third was Samuelson, who continued her big day by grabbing her 10th rebound to record her first double-double of the season.
History was made in the fourth quarter, with Samuelson hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to take sole possession of the second spot on UConn’s all-time list. She’s now 78 away from record-holder Kaleena Mosqueada-Lewis.