Women’s pre­view

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - — Jim Fuller

Here’s a game-by-game break­down of the UConn women’s bas­ket­ball team’s sched­ule:

Sun­day, Nov. 12 vs. Stan­ford (Nationwide Arena, Colum­bus, Ohio,

1:30 p.m., ESPN): Stan­ford has ended two of UConn’s four long­est win­ning streaks, and a Stan­ford win would mark the first time UConn has lost con­sec­u­tive games since March 1993.

Fri­day, Nov. 17 Cal­i­for­nia (Gam­pel,

7 p.m., SNY): Cal’s Kris­tine Anigwe joins Columbia’s Camille Zim­mer­man as the only re­turn­ing Di­vi­sion I women’s play­ers to av­er­age at least 21 points and 9 re­bounds a sea­son ago.

Sun­day, Nov. 19 vs. Mary­land (XL

Cen­ter, 1:30 p.m., ESPN): Six play­ers, in­clud­ing all three dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers, gone from Mary­land due to grad­u­a­tion and trans­fer.

Tues­day, Nov. 21 at UCLA (Pauley

Pavil­ion, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU): First true road game for Huskies fig­ures to be a matchup of top-five teams fea­tur­ing four pos­si­ble first-round draft picks in 2018 WNBA draft.

Satur­day, Nov. 25 vs. Michi­gan State (Knight Arena, Eu­gene, Ore., 3

p.m.): Game part of a dou­ble­header in the PK80 In­vi­ta­tional and first meet­ing be­tween the teams since Spartans’ 16-point win in Hartford in 2004.

Tues­day, Nov. 28 at Ne­vada (Lawlor Events Cen­ter, 9 p.m., CBS

SN): Ne­vada na­tive Gabby Wil­liams leads UConn into its first game in state since 1997.

Sun­day, Dec. 3 Notre Dame (XL, 4

p.m., ESPN): ND will be with­out stand­out post player Bri­anna Turner, who will miss sea­son as a re­sult of knee in­jury suf­fered in NCAA tour­ney. Ne­braska trans­fer Jes­sica Shep­ard could help ease the pain left by Turner’s ab­sence.

Fri­day, Dec. 8 at DePaul (Win­trust

Arena, 7 p.m., FS1): First women’s bas­ket­ball game in the new, state-ofthe-art Win­trust Arena. DePaul coach Doug Bruno was an as­sis­tant to Auriemma on 2012 and ’16 Olympic squads.

Tues­day, Dec. 19 vs. Ok­la­homa (Mo­he­gan Sun Arena, 7 p.m., CBS

SN): If Huskies go into the Hall of Fame Hol­i­day Showcase un­de­feated, Auriemma will go for win No. 1,000.

Fri­day, Dec. 22 vs. Duquesne (Mat­tamy Ath­letic Cen­tre, 7 p.m.,

SNY): Huskies ven­ture to Toronto, so se­nior guard Kia Nurse gets to play in her na­tive On­tario. Duquesne fea­tures nine for­eign play­ers, in­clud­ing two from Canada.

Sun­day, Dec. 31 Mem­phis (XL, 1:30

p.m., SNY): UConn is 10-0 play­ing on New Year’s Eve, win­ning the last seven by an av­er­age of 46 points per game. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 3 at East Carolina (Minges Coli­seum, 7 p.m., SNY): Gabby Wil­liams recorded fifth triple­dou­ble in UConn his­tory when Huskies played in Greenville last sea­son.

Satur­day, Jan, 6 at South Florida

(Sun Dome, 7 p.m., SNY): Five fresh­men and North­ern Ari­zona trans­fer Alyssa Rader give the peren­nial AAC­con­tend­ing Bulls some new faces to go with a game-tested group of re­turn­ing play­ers. Tues­day, Jan. 9 UCF (Gam­pel, 7 p.m., SNY): Knights as­sis­tant coach Nyke­sha Sales will take part in her first game in Storrs since her se­nior sea­son at UConn nearly 20 years ago.

Satur­day, Jan. 13 at Hous­ton

(H&PE Arena, 3 p.m., SNY): The fourth straight sea­son the Cougars and Huskies will only play once in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Mon­day, Jan. 15 at Texas (Frank

Erwin Cen­ter, 7 p.m., ESPN2): An­other rugged road test for the Huskies as stand­out Texas post player Jor­dan Holmes should be back af­ter not be­ing with Longhorns in fall se­mes­ter.

Thurds­day, Jan. 18 Tulsa (Gam­pel,

7 p.m., SNY): Napheesa Col­lier is shoot­ing 76 per­cent from the field in four ca­reer games against Tulsa.

Sun­day, Jan. 21 at Tem­ple (McGonigle Hall, 1 p.m., ESPN2): Owls outscored Huskies in sec­ond half the last time the teams met in Philadel­phia.

Wed­nes­day, Jan. 24 at Mem­phis

(Roane Field­house, 1 p.m., SNY): Katie Lou Sa­muel­son dropped 29 points on Tigers in lone 2016-17 reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing.

Satur­day, Jan. 27 Tu­lane (Gam­pel,

noon, SNY): Tu­lane se­nior Kolby Mor­gan ranks sixth among ac­tive Di­vi­sion I women’s play­ers with 1,634 ca­reer points. Thurs­day, Feb. 1 at South Carolina (Colonial Life Arena, 7 p.m., ESPN): Eighth time UConn faces reign­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons in reg­u­lar sea­son, post­ing a 3-4 mark.

Sun­day, Feb. 4 Cincin­nati (XL, 1

p.m., SNY): An­other Su­per Bowl mati­nee game for Huskies with for­mer UConn player and as­sis­tant coach Jamelle El­liott bring­ing her Cincin­nati team to Hartford.

Wed­nes­day, Feb. 7 at UCF (CFE

Arena, 7 p.m., SNY): Knights went from 7 to 21 wins in Katie Abra­ham­sonHen­der­son’s first sea­son as head coach.

Satur­day, Feb. 10 Wi­chita State

(XL, 1 p.m., SNY): Rangie Bes­sard re­turns af­ter lead­ing new­est AAC mem­ber in scor­ing, re­bound­ing and blocked shots a sea­son ago.

Mon­day, Feb. 12 Louisville (Gam­pel, 7 p.m., ESPN2): UConn plays two non­con­fer­ence games in Fe­bru­ary for first time since 1982-83 sea­son.

Sun­day, Feb. 18 Tem­ple (XL, 2 p.m.,

CBS SN): New Haven’s Tanaya Atkin­son could have an even larger of­fen­sive role as the Owls will be with­out in­jured se­nior guard Al­liya Butts due to knee in­jury. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 21 at Tu­lane (Devlin Field­house, 8 p.m., SNY): Green Wave had the ball trail­ing by three points in fi­nal 10 sec­onds in Huskies’ most re­cent trip to New Or­leans.

Satur­day, Feb. 24 at SMU (Moody

Coli­seum, 6 p.m., SNY): Huskies re­turn to Dal­las for first time since stun­ning loss to Mis­sis­sippi State in Fi­nal Four.

Mon­day, Feb. 26 South Florida

(Gam­pel, 7 p.m., ESPN2): Katie Lou Sa­muel­son av­er­aged 25 points in three games against Bulls last sea­son, but focus will be on se­niors Kia Nurse and Gabby Wil­liams play­ing fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son home game.

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