Top-ranked Huskies thump Mustangs for 99th consecutive win
CONNECTICUT 83, SMU 41
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.