UConn women rebound from defeat to beat Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — Coming off just their fifth loss since the start of the 2013-14 season, the UConn women didn’t play particularly well — at least not by their lofty standards.
Then again, they didn’t really need to. Such is the beauty of the American Athletic Conference, where the 11-time national champions are talented enough to win comfortably even on their worst days.
The No. 2 Huskies overcame a shaky start, during which they missed their first six shots, to beat Cincinnati 65-55 Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena.
Senior Napheesa Collier finished with 20 points, including the 2,000th of her career, and 11 rebounds. She became just the fifth Husky to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Tina Charles and Rebecca Lobo.
The Huskies’ 109th straight win in the AAC came by slimmer-than-usual margins. A whopping 108 of those victories have been by single-digits.
Crystal Dangerfield recorded 17 points while Megan Walker had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UConn — which 78-69 to No. 3 Louisville on Thursday - improved to 19-2 on the season, including 8-0 in conference play.
Nikira Goings led Cincinnati (14-8, 6-3) with 14 points.
The Huskies used a 14-0 run to lead 24-12 after one quarter, and they remained in front 38-23 at halftime.