Geno Auriemma expected lower back in October that this season would be one of a kind from most others at UConn.
In some approaches, he changed into right.
“It was a dogfight, particularly as compared to the alternative years I’ve been right here,” senior ahead Napheesa Collier said. “Teams are becoming better. They played truly hard.”
The second-ranked Huskies (28-2, 16-zero AAC) closed out their regular season with a difficult-fought 57-47 win over South Florida on Monday. Next up, of direction, is the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, where the Huskies can be searching for their 6th title in six years.
Having locked up the No. 1 seed, the Huskies will get to take a seat out first-round play. They’ll face the winner of No. Eight ECU and No. 9 SMU in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2 p.M.
41.2: UConn’s average margin of victory all-time in AAC play: Life within the AAC has been suffering from blowouts and free of any actual drama for Geno Auriemma & Co. The Huskies have no longer lost a conference sport because the league fashioned in 2013-14, going a first-rate 117-0.
Interestingly, two of the three closest video games they’ve performed in the conference passed off this season (65-fifty five over Cincinnati and fifty seven-47 over USF).
15: Consecutive conference match wins by way of UConn: The Huskies haven’t lost a conference recreation seeing that March 12, 2013 — sixty one-fifty nine to Notre Dame in the Big East final. Since then, they’ve gained 5 directly convention event titles, all within the AAC.
30: Years because UConn’s first convention name: Auriemma has captured 23 convention tournament championships for the duration of his notable career. The first came way lower back on March 5, 1989, in an 84-sixty five victory over Providence within the Big East final.
Oddly sufficient, Auriemma, who changed into in his fourth season on the time, wasn’t able to witness that first title in character. He became serving a suspension for a scheduling error.
20.2: Napheesa Collier’s season scoring average: In addition to main the Huskies in scoring, Collier has pulled down a crew-high 10.2 rebounds in keeping with recreation. The senior forward — who’s a heavy favorite to win AAC Player of the Year while the awards are introduced Friday — is on pace to turn out to be the primary Husky to common a double-double because of Rebecca Lobo in 1993-ninety four.
186: Season assists by using Crystal Dangerfield: Dangerfield wishes handiest six assists to skip Moriah Jefferson for the most in a season with the aid of a junior at UConn.
24: Wins by way of UCF: The Knights locked up the conference’s No. 2 seed and a first-spherical bye through registering their winningest season (24-five) at the Division-I stage. They went 25-5 in 1982-83, albeit in Division-II.
34.Three: a Combined scoring average of Temple’s Mia Davis and Alliya Butts: Davis (19.0) and Butts (15.Three) are the second one-highest scoring duo within the AAC at the back of Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson. UConn’s celebrity-studded tandem has combined to average 39.1 points.
4: Current winning streaks with the aid of UCF and Cincinnati: The Knights and Bearcats — the No. 2 and No. Three seeds, respectively — head into the postseason sharing the second-longest current streak within the AAC. The longest belongs to, of direction, UConn (10 games).
1: AAC groups ranked in the Top-25: Besides the Huskies, who’re currently ranked No. 2 nationally behind Baylor, only an additional group from the AAC is even receiving popularity within the Associated Press ballot. UCF obtained 4 votes in Monday’s poll.
38: Blocks by way of Olivia Nelson-Ododa: Despite averaging handiest 12. Eight minutes consistent with the game, the 6-foot-5 freshman sits just five blocks in the back of Collier for the team lead. Nelson-Ododa had a profession-high six blocks in UConn’s 84-47 victory over Wichita State on Feb. 26.