SETON HALL AT NO. 1 UCONN
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: XL Center, Hartford
Records: Seton Hall (7-1); UConn (8-0) TV: SNY/ESPN3
Radio: 97-9 ESPN
KEEP AN EYE ON
Chasing records: Katie Lou Samuelson is climbing the record books. The senior hit five 3-pointers in Tuesday’s 98-42 rout of Saint Louis to move past Maya Moore (311) for third on UConn’s all-time list.
Now at 316 3-pointers for her career, Samuelson needs just two more to match Diana Taurasi for second place. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who, like Samuelson, went to Mater Dei High School (Calif.), holds the school record with 398.
“I’ve shot 3s my whole career, basically. I’ve been known as a shooter,” Samuelson said Friday following practice at the Werth Center. “To be able to be up there, it’s pretty cool. I think I’ll look back on it and be more appreciative later on. I shoot 3s and I know I can shoot them well.” Samuelson is having her most complete season to date, averaging career-highs in rebounds (6.0) and assists (4.0). She’s shooting 43 percent (23-of-53) from beyond the arc, a smidge below last year’s mark of 47.5 percent, which led the country.
“She’s grown up, obviously,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There’s still some things that I’m harping on her about, but she sees the value of doing things other than shooting the ball. I’ve always said, that’s a blessing and a curse to young kids when they start making shots at a young age. They start to think that nothing else in basketball matters.”
Walker remains out: Sophomore forward Megan Walker did not practice Friday and will miss her second straight game with strep throat, Auriemma said. Junior Kyla Irwin, who had a career-high 10 rebounds in 25 minutes against Saint Louis, will start again in Walker’s place. “Kyla’s earned it because she works really, really hard,” Auriemma said. “I want to give her that opportunity and see what she does with it.”
Hello again: This will be the 60th all-time meeting between UConn and Seton Hall and the first since 2013. The Huskies have won 44 of the last 45 games in the series.
The former Big East rivals were originally scheduled to begin a home-and-home last season, however, Seton Hall agreed to bump it back a year so that UConn could face Nevada for Gabby Williams’ homecoming.
Seton Hall is off to a 7-1 start, with its only loss coming at UCLA, 78-62.
“It’s not an easy place to just snap your fingers and be good,” Auriemma said. “I think (coach Anthony Bozzella) has done a great job surrounding himself with a great staff. He’s done a great job recruiting and he’s passionate.”