Sa­muel­son reaches 2,000 points as UConn beats South Flor­ida

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Pat Ea­ton-Robb

STORRS, CONN. >> Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point mile­stone and No. 3 UConn over­came a slug­gish start to beat South Flor­ida 63-46 on Sun­day.

Me­gan Walker added 14 points and Napheesa Col­lier had 12 for the Huskies (141, 3-0 Amer­i­can), who have never suf­fered a con­fer­ence loss in the AAC.

Sa­muel­son is the 10th UConn player to reach 2,000 points.

Enna Pe­hadzic had 17 points and 12 re­bounds for in­jury-plagued USF (10-7, 1-2), which led for much of the first half and trailed by just six points at the half. Ta­mara Hen­shaw added 12 points and 10 re­bounds.

USF led 6-4 early when UConn coach Geno Auriemma de­cided to pull all five of his starters, re­sult­ing in an au­di­ble gasp and then ap­plause from the crowd.

The Bulls built that lead to 14-6, after a 3-pointer Pe­hadzic.

UConn’s starters re­turned in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Huskies re­took the lead at 20-18 on a layup by Walker and never trailed again.

A third-quar­ter steal by Christyn Wil­liams led to a fast-break layup from Sa­muel­son, which put her over 2,000 points and gave UConn a 44-24 lead.

USF is 0-27 against UConn, go­ing back to its days in the Big East. The Bulls are far from alone. UConn is 104-0 against the rest of the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence since its for­ma­tion in 2013, in­clud­ing 89-0 in the reg­u­lar sea­son. BIG PIC­TURE >> The Bulls, who have lost three play­ers for the sea­son with in­juries, dressed just eight play­ers for the game. Se­nior Laura Fer­reira, who had been scor­ing just un­der 16 points, missed her sec­ond straight game and is listed as out in­def­i­nitely with an undis­closed ill­ness.

UConn: Sa­muel­son joins Maya Moore, Bre­anna Ste­wart, Tina Charles, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Nyke­sha Sales, Kerry Bas­com, Di­ana Taurasi, Kara Wolters and Re­becca Lobo with at least 2,000 points. UP NEXT >> USF: The Bulls are off un­til Satur­day, when they host Tu­lane

UConn’s next op­po­nent also is Tu­lane. UConn will play the Green Wave on the road Wed­nes­day night.

STEPHEN DUNN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Con­necti­cut’s Katie Lou Sa­muel­son (33) smiles shortly after sur­pass­ing her 2,000th ca­reer point in the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game against South Flor­ida, Sun­day.

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