Game Day - UConn at Xavier 3:00 pm EST SNY

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The UConn women continue their stretch of road games today taking on Xavier at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati. The Huskies have four games remaining before focusing attention onto the Big East Tournament, which runs from March 5-8. Xavier (4-6, 1-5 Big East) is coming off of extensive COVID-19-related issues that sidelined the team for most of the calendar year. The Musketeers played their first February game on Wednesday, falling to DePaul, 83-75. That was one of only three games they’ve played in 2021. The Musketeers have taken the court just twice since Jan. 4.

Scouting the Musketeers - Xavier has dealt with COVID issues for much of the season and has only played six Big East games thus far, the fewest in the conference. Her Hoop Stats has Xavier ranked 215th in the nation overall. The Musketeer's offense is middle of the pack at 66.9 points per game but their defense is dreadful, allowing opponents to score 73.6 points per game. UConn should have a field day.

Nia Clark leads the team with 14.0 points per game while two other players average double-digit scoring as well. A’riana Gray and Kaelynn Satterfield are both tied for the team lead with 6.6 rebounds per game.

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Here’s the skinny on today's game:
Site:
Cintas Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Time: 3 p.m. EST
Series: UConn leads, 2-0
Last meeting: No. 3 UConn 106, Xavier 59, in Storrs, Conn., Dec. 19, 2020
TV: SNY (Meghan Culmo and Allen Bestwick) - Pregame show (Gary Apple & Kara Wolters) airs 30 mins before the tip.
Radio: The River 105.9 (Bob Joyce & Debbie Fiske)

Xavier roster - Head coach Melanie Moore (second season)
Xavier game notes

Xavier probable starters, sixth man

Nia Clark, G, 5-9, R-Fr.; A’riana Gray, F, 6-0, Sr.; Lauren Wasylson, G, 6-0, Jr.; Aaliyah Dunham, G, 5-4, Sr.; Kae Satterfield, G, 6-0, So.; Carrie Gross, G, 5-11, Jr.

UConn roster - Head coach Geno Auriemma (36th year)
UConn game notes
2020-21 Season Stats (PDF)

UConn probable starters, sixth man

Christyn Williams, G, 5-11, Jr.; Olivia Nelson-Ododa, F, 6-5, Jr.; Evina Westbrook, G, 6-0, R-Jr.; Paige Bueckers, G, 5-11, Fr.; Nika Muhl, G, 5-10, Fr.; Aaliyah Edwards, F, 6-3, Fr.

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Massey's Rating Service predicts a UConn win 82-51


Husky Bites -
Bueckers proving she’s a can’t-miss talent - Carl Adamec
UConn WBB Weekly: Aubrey Griffin just scratching the surface of her potential - Daniel Connolly


  • UConn’s Magic Number Is 2 The top-ranked Huskies scored BIG EAST win No. 14 on Wednesday night at St. John’s and will need just two more victories to clinch the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the 2021 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament.
  • The Huskies moved to No.1 in the latest AP Poll. This is the 246th week all-time UConn has been ranked.
  • UConn is on game three of a five-game road stretch. The Huskies last had five straight road games from Feb. 9-19, 1980, which were all against New England teams.
  • The 2020-21 season is Geno Auriemma’s 36th at the helm for the Huskies. With a win at Tennessee, Auriemma became the fastest coach to 1,100 career wins. He leads the nation with an 88.6 win percentage. Auriemma enters the game with a career record of 1,108 -143. Six wins behind Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer's 1,114.
  • Freshman phenom Paige Bueckers leads UConn in points, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage. Bueckers became the first player in BIG EAST history to sweep league Player and Freshman of the Week multiple times.
LAST TIME OUT - UConn notched a dominant 77-32 win over St. John’s in Queens on Wednesday. • Junior Christyn Williams (21), freshman Paige Bueckers (20) and junior Olivia Nelson-Ododa (17) led the Huskies offensively.
The trio shot 75 percent from the field. • As a team, UConn shot 64.7 percent, the team’s highest outing of the season. Bueckers added nine assists vs. the Red Storm. Junior Evina Westbrook was scoreless against St. John’s but added eight rebounds and seven assists.

On Deck:
UConn @ Creighton - Thurs Feb 25 5:00 pm EST SNY / 97.9 ESPN


WCBB Top 25 Rankings
BIG East Standings

This weekend in the BIG East -
The second-to-last weekend of the BIG EAST women’s basketball regular season tipped off on Friday with a crucial matchup between third-place Marquette and fourth-place Villanova. The game was the first of six conference tilts this weekend and the lone contest on Friday. Saturday features Providence at Seton Hall at 1 p.m. (BEDN), Creighton at No. 19/19. DePaul at 2 p.m. (FS1) and No. 1/1 UConn at Xavier at 3 p.m. (SNY). Two contests follow on Sunday as Villanova visits Georgetown and Providence travels to St. John’s, both tipping at 2 p.m. on BEDN. Saturday’s nationally televised tilt between the Blue Demons and Blue Jays is the second time this rivalry will be featured on FS1 this season, after DePaul scored a hard-fought 90-81 win in Omaha back on Dec. 22.

Midweek Notables
Villanova From Three – Playing their first game since Feb. 3, the Wildcats showed no signs of rust against Butler on Tuesday, coming one three-pointer shy of the BIG EAST single-game record. Villanova drained 17 shots from deep, including 16 in a commanding 67-point first half. BIG EAST leading scorer Maddy Siegrist had five triples on the night to finish with 24 points.

DePaul’s Triple Threat – With a layup in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, DePaul’s Sonya Morris became the third Blue Demon player to reach the 1,000-point mark this season and second to do so this week. Lexi Held reached the milestone on Monday against Seton Hall while Deja Church scored her 1,000th point back on Jan. 21. DePaul is the only team in the BIG EAST with multiple 1,000-point scorers.

Seton Hall Survives – The Pirates went into overtime for the second time in the last three games on Thursday afternoon against Georgetown. Lauren Park-Lane scored a career-high 32 points, including 13 in overtime, to lead The Hall to the seven-point win. The Pirates’ last three games have been decided by single digits, including two in overtime, while five of the last six games for the Hoyas have been single-digit affairs.

This Week In The BIG EAST
Monday
CREIGHTON 42, GEORGETOWN 41* - Recap | Box
19/22 DePAUL 82, SETON HALL 76# - Recap | Box
Tuesday
BUTLER 74 at VILLANOVA 98 Recap | Box*
Wednesday
19/19 DePAUL 83, XAVIER 75 - Recap | Box *
UCONN 77, ST. JOHN’S 32 - Recap | Box ^
Thursday
SETON HALL 79, GEORGETOWN 72 Recap | Box *
Friday
VILLANOVA 57 at MARQUETTE 67 - Box score
Saturday
PROVIDENCE at SETON HALL, 1 p.m.*
CREIGHTON at 19/19 DePAUL, 2 p.m.#
UCONN at XAVIER, 3 p.m.^
Sunday
VILLANOVA at GEORGETOWN, 2 p.m.*
PROVIDENCE at ST. JOHN’S, 2 p.m.*
All Times Eastern
*-BEDN
^-SNY
#-FS1
 
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Golden Husky

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I like these early starts--noon here on the left coast--because there's a chance I'll get to view a replay of the game before nightfall.
 

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Mother Argonaut is there live and in person cheering for our ladies, while I am quite jealous on the couch!

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