Top-ranked Huskies thump Mus­tangs for 99th con­sec­u­tive win



Con­necti­cut may have 99 prob­lems, but los­ing ain’t one.

Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 19 of her 22 points in the first half, and the top-ranked Huskies ex­tended their NCAA-record win­ning streak to 99 games with an 83-41 win over SMU on Satur­day in Storrs, Conn.

Sa­muel­son shook off an ill­ness that caused her to miss prac­tice Thurs­day and Fri­day and hit eight of her 13 shots from the floor.

“You don’t want your team­mates to ever worry that if Lou’s not feel­ing that great, what are we go­ing to get from her?” she said. “I wanted to show them that no mat­ter what’s go­ing on, I’m still go­ing to be able to be out there and give 100 per­cent and do some­thing to con­trib­ute to the team.”

Napheesa Col­lier scored 10 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds to record her ninth dou­ble-dou­ble this sea­son for the Huskies (24-0, 12-0 Amer­i­can), who will try to reach the 100-straight win mile­stone against No. 6 South Carolina on Mon­day night.

Mids hold off Leop­ards

Ju­nior Han­nah Fenske’s lone bas­ket of the game, a three-pointer with 28 sec­onds re­main­ing, pro­vided the win­ning mar­gin as Navy beat Lafayette, 68-65, in Eas­ton, Pa., to set a school record with its sev­enth straight road vic­tory.

The win se­cures the Mids (17-6, 11-2) a top-six fin­ish in the Pa­triot League and a first-round bye in next month’s league tour­na­ment.

Sarita Condie led Navy with 19 points.

ARMY 68, AMER­I­CAN 57: The Ea­gles shot just 41 per­cent from the field and dropped to fourth place in the Pa­triot League with a loss at Ben­der Arena.

Ju­nior Emily Kinneston led Amer­i­can (11-13, 8-5) with 20 points.

Desti­nee Mor­ris and Madi­son Hovren pow­ered Army (18-6, 9-4) with 15 points apiece.

HOWARD 67, HAMP­TON 62: Fresh­man Sarah Ed­mond scored a ca­reer-high 15 points as the Bi­son beat the Pi­rates in Hamp­ton, Va., for the first time since Jan. 21, 2002.

Howard (11-11, 7-3 MEAC) shot a sea­son-high 58 per­cent from the field.

Mon­naz­jea Fin­ney-Smith led the Pi­rates (14-10, 8-3) with a game-high 19 points.

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