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When: Satur­day, 1 p.m.

Where: XL Cen­ter, Hart­ford

Records: Se­ton Hall (7-1); UConn (8-0)


Ra­dio: 97-9 ESPN


⏩ 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.”

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