UConn challenged early, puts away Temple

By Carl Adamec

PHILADELPHIA — At the end, it was another lopsided American Athletic Conference decision for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

But the Huskies’ journey at McGonigle Hall Sunday was at least somewhat interesting, particularly in comparison to their first nine league games.

All-American Breanna Stewart paced five players in double figures with 17 points as No. 2 UConn downed Temple 83-49 before Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis and 2,645 other fans here.
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Recap: Houston 70 – UConn 68

Need to know: Houston picked up its first league win stunning the struggling Huskies 70-58 in Houston on Sunday afternoon.

Need to Know: UConn dropped its fourth straight road game with a devastating loss at Houston, which picked up its first league win.  The Huskies trailed by as many as 15 half before Ryan Boatright valiant led a comeback bid. UConn had it a one-possession game with under a minute to go, but never had the ball and a chance to tie. Boatright had a career-high 31 points on 10 of 26 shooting for the Huskies. Outside of Boatright, Amida Brimah had 11 and the rest of the offense was terrible. Omar Calhoun, Daniel Hamilton, Terrence Samuel and Rodney Purvis were a combined 7 of 29. The Huskies’ defense also wasn’t very good, as the Cougars made only one turnover the entire game. UConn falls to 11-9, 4-4 in the American.

Links: Box score

Next up: UConn hosts East Carolina on Wednesday.

Preview: UConn at Houston, 3 p.m.

UConn (11-7, 4-3 AAC) will play at rebuilding Houston (8-12, 0-8)on Sunday afternoon. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

John F. Silver

The Huskies are coming off a sobering loss to Cincinnati last Thursday and can’t afford many more losses this season, if any. UConn comes into Houston, a place they lost last year, still without guard Sam Cassell and still searching for offense to go with leading scorer Ryan Boatright.  

 

The Huskies are getting inconsistent production from Rodney Purvis (9.7 ppg.), Omar Calhoun (6.8 ppg) and Terrence Samuel (3.7 ppg.)while Amida Brimah (10.5 ppg) has had big games and disappearing acts offensively this season.

The Huskies are 82nd in the RPI and won’t get much help by beating Houston. The Huskies are going to have to put together a long streak if it wants to make a run for an NCAA at-large bid. The Huskies do benefit from having the American tournament in Hartford this season.

Houston is paced by Jherrod Stiggers, who leads the team with 14.9 ppg. Danard KNowles averages 11.1 ppg.

 

UConn (11-8. 4-3 AAC)

Player GP GS MPG PPG FG% RPG APG SPG BPG
#11 Ryan Boatright 19 19 34.5 16.8 42.1 4.1 4.5 1.6 0.3
#5 Daniel Hamilton 19 19 30.3 10.2 41.0 6.3 3.3 1.1 0.3
#35 Amida Brimah 19 19 26.4 10.5 69.0 5.1 0.2 0.4 2.8
#12 Kentan Facey 19 19 25.5 5.5 57.0 6.4 0.5 0.3 0.4
#44 Rodney Purvis 17 11 25.8 9.7 43.3 2.1 0.9 0.8 0.1
#3 Terrence Samuel 19 2 19.9 3.7 37.9 2.7 1.5 0.5 0.1
#10 Sam Cassell Jr. 18 2 15.1 3.9 27.6 1.3 0.9 0.5 0.0
#21 Omar Calhoun 12 4 17.6 6.8 42.5 1.8 0.4 0.5 0.1
#1 Phillip Nolan 19 0 11.1 0.9 31.8 0.9 0.1 0.2 0.3
#14 Rakem Lubin 14 0 5.9 1.0 50.0 1.1 0.1 0.0 0.1
#24 Dan Guest 3 0 1.7 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0
#33 Terrance Ditimi 3 0 1.3 0.7 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#22 Pat Lenehan 3 0 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Houston (8-12, 0-8)

Player GP GS MPG PPG FG% RPG APG SPG BPG
#21 Jherrod Stiggers 20 20 35.4 14.9 35.0 3.5 2.5 1.3 0.3
#4 LeRon Barnes 20 20 33.8 6.3 38.5 6.5 1.4 0.8 0.7
#24 Devonta Pollard 20 19 29.9 10.5 44.6 6.2 0.9 1.2 0.3
#0 Danrad Knowles 20 20 26.3 11.1 44.4 5.9 1.0 0.5 1.4
#5 L.J. Rose 13 13 35.1 9.2 35.5 2.3 5.7 0.8 0.2
#23 Eric Weary 19 2 17.9 7.0 38.8 3.5 0.6 0.6 0.4
#3 Cavon Baker 19 6 16.5 5.7 32.7 1.5 1.4 0.8 0.1
#11 J.C. Washington 16 0 15.0 2.8 40.0 2.9 0.4 0.4 0.3
#1 Mikhail McLean 14 0 9.9 2.7 48.5 1.8 0.4 0.1 0.2
#25 Egi Gjikondi 9 0 4.2 0.7 22.2 1.3 0.2 0.0 0.2
#12 Wes VanBeck 8 0 2.8 1.4 37.5 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.0
#20 Adam Drexler 8 0 2.5 0.5 33.3 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.0
#33 Tyus Bowser 1 0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Commit: TE Zordan Holman commits to UConn

The Huskies received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end prospect Zordan Holman of Chevrous High in Portland, Maine.

Holman is currently on an official visit for the Huskies this weekend and was defensive lineman of the year in Maine this past season. Holman will play tight end for the Huskies.

National signing day is Wednesday and the Huskies are expected to sign from 22-25 recruits for the 2015 class.

John F. Silver

UConn is wrapping up its recruiting class for the 2015 season and going into signing day are still looking for a QB and DL, but also picked up another athletic and tall tight end prospect.

The Huskies like the tight end style of body. The Huskies can use that position also as a linebacker/defensive end and there may be players who move from one position to the other over the years. Holman is recruited as a tight end, to go with TE Ian Campbell and 6-7 tight end Chris Lee. That’s three tight ends in this class.  The Huskies also have several player who can play tight end such as William Richardson from Washington D.C., who is coming in as a linebacker as is Dallas Park, who is a defense end/LB pass rush specialist All these players are the tall and athletic type that can be used in multiple ways. Head coach Bob Diaco wants players who are big, athletic and versatile that can do things besides play one position. Many of these players will help on special teams quickly in their careers before they go on the two-deep.

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More or less, Stewart getting the job done

By Carl Adamec

Breanna Stewart was the best player in the country in 2014.

Is she a better player in 2015?

As a junior, her scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots are down from a year ago. So is her playing time, thanks to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s dominance of what’s proving to be a mediocre American Athletic Conference.

However, her shooting percentages from the field and foul line are up and she’s about the same from the 3-point line. Her assists and steals are on the rise.
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Recap: Cincinnati 70 – UConn 58

Recap: Cincinnati dealt UConn another blow to its NCAA chances with a 70-58 win at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Thursday night.



Need to Know: Troy Caupain scored 20 points before being ejected for Cincinnati and the Bearcats (15-5, 6-2)scored 70 points on 48.8 percent shooting taking advantage of 17 UConn turnovers. For the Huskies, Ryan Boatright scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, but had little help as the Huskies trailed by as many as 14 and shot 32.8 percent from the floor against stifling defense. For UConn, the Huskies are now 11-8, 4-3 in the American, and unable to put together any significant win streak.


Links: Box score  


Next up: UConn plays at Houston on Sunday.


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