Storrs – UConn had a hard time finding their outside shot on Sunday and the Huskies looked to Napheesa Collier.
The 6-foot-1 runner-up scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the four-time defending champions of women’s basketball to her 97th straight win, 96-50 against Tulsa.
She hit 10 of her 13 shots from the ground when she hit the 20-point plateau for the 12th time this season.
“That’s one of the good things about our team: if we’re missing from the outside, we can go a little more inside and I tried that today,” said Collier.
Saniya Chong added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the senior Huskies (22-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference), who have now won 124 straight games against unranked opponents.
All five UConn starters achieved double-digit results. Katie Lou Samuelson, who has hit double digits in every game this season, had 16 points. Kia Nurse came on with 14 and Gabby Williams with 10.
Both teams fought from outside in the first half. UConn only made one of their first 12 attempts out of the 3-point range and Tulsa was 1 out of 9.
The Huskies were only 7 of 21 off the field in the first quarter and were only leading with five points after 10 minutes.
“There is nothing you can do about it except say, ‘All right, let’s go to the one who does a lot of shots,” said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. “When we found something that worked, we just went that direction. “
UConn opened the second quarter with a 20-4 run to end the game. Collier had 17 points and eight rebounds at halftime and UConn was leading 40-23.
Samuelson had 10 points in the third quarter after hitting just three of her first 14 shots, and the Huskies extended the lead to 69-34.
The Huskies dominated below, outperforming Tulsa 48-16 in color.
Freshman Shug Dickson had 12 points to lead the Golden Hurricane (8-15, 4-6). She had 21 in the first encounter between the two teams, a 98-58 UConn win last month in Oklahoma.
“We felt like Shug was defended harder after the first time,” said Tulsa coach Matlida Mossman. “They had Collier a little with them, they had Kia with her a little, and we couldn’t really get anything. Even if we handed her over and force her to switch, she couldn’t get past Chong. Defensively, they did it.” a great job for her. “
UConn: The Huskies have won 185 games in a row against teams with one loss. The last time they lost a game like this was in 1993 when the Huskies were defeated by a 7-8 Villanova team. The last time the Huskies were beaten by someone outside the top 25 was February 18, 2012, a 57:56 loss to St. John’s. The Huskies have won 300 of their last 301 games against unranked opponents.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had a 100-point night against East Carolina but shot just 37 percent off the field and was 16 points below its season average. Tulsa came out to a game with just over seven 3-pointers made on average. They were 5 out of 21 against the huskies.
Stat from the game
UConn shot 56.5 percent for the game after the cold start. The Huskies hit seven of their last 11 shots from within 3-point range and took 24 of their 33 shots from the field in the second half (73 percent).
UConn is now 73-0 in conference play since the inception of the American Athletic Conference game and 64-0 in the regular season.
UConn: The Huskies are heading to Cincinnati on Tuesday to take on former UConn assistant coach Jamelle Elliott and the Bearcats. They host the SMU in a final vote on Saturday before hosting number 4 in South Carolina on February 13th.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane visits the temple on Wednesday before taking on UCF next Saturday.