Gameday and updates: No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 UConn

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WHEN: Tonight, 9

WHERE: XL Center, Hartford (16,294)

RECORDS: Baylor 24-1, UConn 24-1

ON THE AIR: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo); WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)

UP NEXT: Saturday vs. Seton Hall at Gampel Pavilion, 4 p.m. (SNY)

BAYLOR

  • Brittney Griner, C, 6-8 Sr.: Ninth in NCAA history in scoring (2,975); 1st in blocks (695)
  • Odyssey Sims, G, 5-9 Jr.: 20.0p, 5.0r, 2.5a, 3.5s in two career games vs. UConn
  • Brooklyn Pope, F, 6-1 Sr.: 13.5p (8-of-12 FG), 4.5r last two games
  • Jordan Madden, G, 6-0 Sr.: 9.0p, 3.4r, 1.9a last seven games
  • Destiny Williams, F/C, 5-1 Sr.: 5.7p, 7.2r last six games
  • Kimetria Hayden, G, 6-0 Sr.: 7.7p, 5.5r, 5.2a last six games
  • Alexis Prince, G, 6-1 Fr.: 8.0p, 2.0r, 1.8a last four games
  • Niya Johnson, G, 5-8 Fr.: Scored 6p (3-of-14 FG) last 12 games

UCONN

  • Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, F, 6-0 Soph.: Team-high 16.5p, 5.3r vs. ranked teams this season
  • Stefanie Dolson, C, 6-5 Jr.: 16.8p, 5.0r, 2.5a last six games
  • Breanna Stewart, G, 6-4 Fr.: 9.5p (4-of-22 FG), 6.5r last two games
  • Kelly Faris, G, 5-11 Sr.: 9.0p, 5.0r, 2.7a last three games
  • Bria Hartley, G, 5-7 Jr.: Played career-low 4 minutes at Rutgers Saturday
  • Morgan Tuck, F, 6-2 Fr.: 8.3p, 3.8r in 19.5 minutes last four games
  • Caroline Doty, G, 5-10 Sr.: 6.3p, 3.8a last four games
  • Moriah Jefferson, G, 5-7 Fr.: 10.0p (12-of-16 FG), 3.3r, 2.7s in 24.3 minutes last three games
  • Kiah Stokes, C, 6-3 Soph.: Tied season-low by playing six minutes vs. Rutgers

STORY LINES

STOPPING SIMS: Griner is the most talked-about player for the Lady Bears. But Sims might be their most important player. She runs the offense and is a strong defensive player as well. The Huskies need to control her productivity.

FACING NO. 1: The Huskies are facing the nation’s No. 1 team for the 11th time in team history. They are 5-5 overall, including a win at Stanford Dec. 29.

PAINT WORK: Baylor has outscored the opposition by an average of 49.0-17.8 in the paint this season. UConn has outscored the opposition 37.3-16.2. However, the Huskies lead the nation in scoring at 83.0. Baylor is second at 81.7.

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One Response

  1. Good Grief says:

    It is crazy that many Husky fans do not get the significance of UConn losing the last 5 games decided by 5 points. They keep pointing to the blowout wins over the overmatched 99% of teams in WCBB.

    UConn recruits to win the Big East regular season, the Big East Tournament, and the NCAA Championship. Other than Notre Dame, no one else in the Big East has recruited to reach the Final Four, in the last several years. Rutgers has lost 10 straight to UConn.

    Did you ever watch the bums that Mike Tyson used to knock out in the first 30 seconds of fights? His opponents were professional boxers. Yet they stood zero chance of winning against him. They did not have the talent and they did not have the great trainers that Tyson had.

    That is how WCBB has been forever. Less than 1% haves and 99% don’t haves.