Dec. 19, 2016
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored eight of her 26 points during a key third-quarter run, and No. 1 UConn beat 12th-ranked Ohio State 82-63 on Monday night for the Huskies’ 85th consecutive victory.
Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (10-0), who are five games away from matching their NCAA record 90-game winning streak set from 2008-10.
UConn led by six before opening the second half with a 15-7 spurt. Samuelson hit two 3-pointers during the run. The second made it 55-41.
The Huskies also switched up their defense on Ohio State star Kelsey Mitchell, holding her to four points in the second half after she had 19 at the break.
With Mitchell bottled up, the Buckeyes (9-4) couldn’t get within single digits.
Ohio State trailed 19-7 before scoring the final nine points of the first quarter, capped by Mitchell’s deep 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
The Buckeyes were down 28-24 when UConn went on a 12-2 run capped by Collier’s 3-point play that made it 40-26 with 2:22 left in the half. Mitchell then closed the half with eight straight to get the Buckeyes to 40-34 at the break.
Mitchell only had eight points in the meeting between the teams last season, going 2 for 14 from the field.
Ohio State: Linnae Harper scored four points in her second game for the Buckeyes after she became eligible. The guard transferred from Kentucky last year. … Mitchell became the fastest player in NCAA history to 2,000 career points, reaching the mark in just 79 games.
UConn: Starting point guard Saniya Chong is still sidelined with a concussion. She missed the Kansas State game as well. … The Huskies have won all four meetings with the Buckeyes. … Monday’s game was the annual toy drive for the Huskies where they collect donations for Toys for Tots.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma wore a slightly off-blue plaid jacket to honor Craig Sager, a longtime NBA sideline reporter who died last week following a battle with cancer.
RUNNING THROUGH THE RANKS
UConn has already beaten No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Baylor, No. 7 Florida State, No. 16 Texas and DePaul, which was in the Top 25 when the teams met. The Huskies still have games left against No. 4 Maryland and No. 6 South Carolina.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes head home to face Winthrop on Wednesday before Big Ten play starts next week.
UConn: The Huskies hit the road to face Nebraska on Wednesday. After that they play at No. 4 Maryland on Dec. 29.