USF AT NO. 3 UCONN

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - COLLEGES -

When: Sun­day, 1 p.m.

Where: Gam­pel Pavil­ion, Storrs

Records: USF (10-6, 1-1); UConn (13-1, 2-0)

TV: ESPN

Ra­dio: UConn/IMG Sports Net­work — 97.9 ESPN-Hart­ford, WINE 940 AM-Brook­field, WGCH 1490 AM-Green­wich, WICC 600 AM-Bridge­port, WAVZ 1300 AM-New Haven, WXLM 980 AM-New Lon­don, WATR 1320 AM-Water­bury, WILI 1400 AMWil­li­man­tic

KEEP AN EYE ON

1 Katie Lou 2k: Sun­day could be a mile­stone day for se­nior Katie Lou Sa­muel­son, who is just 13 points away from 2,000 for her ca­reer. She’d be the 10th Husky to achieve that feat, join­ing Maya Moore, Bre­anna Ste­wart, Tina Charles, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Nyke­sha Sales, Kerry Bas­com, Di­ana Taurasi, Kara Wolters and Re­becca Lobo.

While it speaks to her con­sis­tency and longevity, it’s not an ac­com­plish­ment Sa­muel­son ex­pects to cel­e­brate — at least not yet.

“It’s def­i­nitely amaz­ing to be in com­pany that’s done it, but right now, no (it doesn’t mean any­thing),” she said Fri­day fol­low­ing prac­tice at Gam­pel Pavil­ion. “It’s just an­other game and it’s me try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery sin­gle game and do­ing what I can to help the team. Peo­ple put a lot of em­pha­sis on scor­ing and stuff, but … if for some rea­son I never got 2,000 from here on out, it still wouldn’t be any­thing wrong with that as long as I know I’m con­tribut­ing in any way I can.”

The 6-foot-3 guard is hav­ing per­haps her most com­plete sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 19.6 points, a ca­reer-best 8.3 re­bounds and 3.4 as­sists.

“It’s some­thing you want to look at and model,” for­ward Me­gan Walker said. “She can shoot the ball and score any way on the court, re­ally. I feel like play­ing with her, you know her open spots, you know her ten­den­cies, you’re just try­ing to help her out at the same time.”

1 Growth from Walker: Walker has an­swered her coach’s call to be more ag­gres­sive by post­ing back-to-back strong per­for­mances. Wed­nes­day against Cincin­nati, Walker had eight points, eight re­bounds and three as­sists in just 25 min­utes.

“This may have been one of Me­gan Walker’s best games since she’s been at Con­necti­cut,” Geno Auriemma said fol­low­ing the Huskies’ 82-38 win. “If we can con­tinue to get that ev­ery game, I think we’re go­ing to be on our way.”

Like last year, con­sis­tency has been elu­sive for the for­mer No. 1 over­all re­cruit. Though Walker’s pro­duc­tion has in­creased as a sopho­more — she’s av­er­ag­ing 10.8 points and 5.8 re­bounds, up from 5.8 and 3.3 last sea­son — she’s yet to con­quer the learn­ing curve.

“With Meg, it’s a process of learn­ing how to play 30 min­utes when you’re not nec­es­sar­ily the best player on the floor, and how do you fit into all that,” Auriemma said. “That takes time.”

Added Walker: “I feel more con­fi­dent, it’s just a mat­ter of knock­ing down shots.”

1 Still un­beaten: UConn is 26-0 all-time against USF, in­clud­ing 14-0 in AAC play. The Huskies have beaten the Bulls in the last four con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship games.

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