Women’s Basketball Game Day No. 2 UConn at Tulane

January 16, 2019 GMT

No. 2 UCONN at TULANEWhen: Wednesday, 8 p.m.Where: Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse, New OrleansRecords: UConn (14-1, 3-0); Tulane (13-3, 3-0)TV: SNY/ESPN3Radio: The River 105.9KEEP AN EYE ONA shift from the norm: College athletes tend to be creatures of habit. Their lives revolve around a carefully planned routine — except, of course, when school’s out.“You definitely get into a habit of going to practice in the morning, coming back, taking a nap, waking up, eating food, sleeping again,” senior Katie Lou Samuelson said Sunday following an ugly 63-46 win over USF. “I think everyone’s kind of in that lethargic (state of mind).”The Huskies, who are 14-1 (3-0) and tied with Baylor for second in the Associated Press poll, hope to snap out of that malaise against Tulane. The trip to the Big Easy marks the start of a two-game road swing that also includes a visit to Temple on Sunday.“I’ve always said, right around this time, it sucks because they’ve been sitting around for a long time in hotels, their apartments, no going to school, nothing,” coach Geno Auriemma said. “They don’t do anything. I think it catches up to you after a while.”That’s coach Lou: Samuelson was benched along with UConn’s other starters during the first quarter Sunday, only she didn’t stay there long. The All-American guard — who would finish the day with 19 points, including the 2,000th of her career — delivered a pep talk to the five new players on the floor during a timeout.Her message?‘“Just go out there and play hard,’” forward Kyla Irwin said. “She just boosted our confidence a little bit. We prepare every day in practice, so just go out there and do our thing.”Her teammates and Auriemma saw it as another reminder of Samuelson’s evolution as a leader.“That speaks volumes for her,” guard Molly Bent said. “Once we all got subbed in, she could’ve gone to the bench, had her head down pouting or something like that, and she wasn’t. She was immediately pulling into that leadership role.”Added Auriemma: “Lou has had to change her personality a lot to become more of an effective leader. She’s done that, and it’s not easy for these kids to do today. Very few kids want to stick themselves out there because once you put your neck out there and say, ‘I’m in charge of this,’ you’re going to open yourself up to a lot. I’m proud of her.”Remember when: UConn has won all 104 American Athletic Conference games it’s played since the 2013-14 season. Incredibly, 103 of those have been decided by double-digits, with the lone outlier a 63-60 victory at Tulane on Feb. 18, 2017.PROBABLE STARTERSUCONNPlayerPos.PPGCrystal DangerfieldG12.6Christyn WilliamsG12.7Katie Lou SamuelsonG19.6Megan WalkerF11.0Napheesa CollierF17.7TULANEKayla ManuirirangiG8.1Kaila AndersonG5.3Sierra CheathamG10.3Krystal FreemanF13.2Harlyn WyattF5.7— Doug Bonjour