UConn wins 81st straight

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Pat Ea­ton-Robb

Kia Nurse scored a ca­reer-high 33 points and No. 2 UConn routed No. 15 DePaul 9146 on Thurs­day night for its 81st straight vic­tory.

Napheesa Col­lier added 18 points, and Katie Lou Samuelson had 16. The Huskies (6-0) played the first of five De­cem­ber games against ranked com­pe­ti­tion.

Kelly Camp­bell had 10 points to lead DePaul (5-2).

The Blue Demons missed their first eight shots and were held to a sin­gle free throw for nearly 6 min­utes to start the game. UConn, which has won 53 straight at home, hit its first nine shots and jumped out to a 22-1 lead.

By the end of the quar­ter, UConn led 37-6.

Nurse, who hadn’t scored more than 15 points this sea­son, had 19 af­ter 10 min­utes. She hit 12 of her 16 shots, in­clud­ing her first nine and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

She didn’t miss un­til a cor­ner 3-pointer at the half­time buzzer, when she had al­ready eclipsed her pre­vi­ous ca­reer high with 24 points.

UConn went into half­time lead­ing 53-19 and pushed that to 80-30 af­ter the third quar­ter.

The Big Pic­ture

UConn: UConn coach Geno Auriemma has said he hopes some­one gives his team a wake-up call to show them that win­ning isn’t as easy as they think. The Huskies face four more ranked op­po­nents be­fore the end of the month that might be able to do that, in­clud­ing No. 14 Texas on Sun­day and No. 1 Notre Dame three days later. UConn also plays No. 9 Ohio State and No. 5 Mary­land be­fore Jan­uary.

DePaul: The Blue Demons shot just 25 per­cent (17 of 68) from the floor and made just seven of their 40 shots from be­hind the arc. They came into the game mak­ing just un­der 39 per­cent from 3-point range, and were av­er­ag­ing a na­tion’s best 13.5 3-point­ers a game. This was DePaul’s third straight game against a ranked team. They lost to No. 5 Bay­lor 104-72 and beat No. 11 Syra­cuse, a game in which they hit 19 3-point­ers.

Poll Im­pli­ca­tions

Should they have a sim­i­larly im­pres­sive win Sun­day against No. 14 Texas, UConn may pick up a few more first-place votes go­ing into the Dec. 7 show­down with top-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend.

Up Next

UConn: The Huskies con­tinue their string of games against ranked op­po­nents when they face the Longhorns on Sun­day at the Mo­he­gan Sun arena, about 30 miles south of UConn’s cam­pus.

DePaul: The Blue Demons host Prairie View on Mon­day, be­fore wel­com­ing Notre Dame on Dec. 10.

JES­SICA HILL — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Con­necti­cut’s Napheesa Col­lier shoots over DePaul’s Kelly Camp­bell dur­ing the first half Thurs­day.

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