“Coach (Auriemma) has been really challenging us all year and especially leading up to this game that we need to have more aggression and more energy, especially from the get-go,” Collier said. “So I think we just decided that we were going to do that today, and that’s the same mindset that we need to have every game.”
Collier finished with nine rebounds and needs just two boards and 37 more points to become the fifth UConn player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
UCF: The Knights came into the game forcing an average of just over 20 turnovers per game and stealing the ball just under 11 times. They were able to turn the Huskies over 14 times with eight steals, but had 19 turnovers of their own, leading to 24 UConn points.
“They got a lot of points off of our turnovers and transition, which we never do,” Abrahamson-Henderson said. “So I think that was just the crowd and them being nervous.”
UConn: The Huskies are beating AAC opponents by an average of 35 points and during their conference winning streak, and have had just one game in single digits, a 63-60 win over Tulane in February 2017.
COMING INTO HER OWN
Walker had 11 rebounds, putting up her second double-double of the season. It was the sophomore’s fifth straight game in double figures. Auriemma said he was especially pleased that he had to take her out of the game at one point because she was exhausted. He said Walker never gave that kind of effort as a freshman, when she averaged just 5.8 points.
“Generally speaking, this is kind of how it works,” Auriemma said. “You have to go through it to get a feel for it and then it starts to click and this might be the timeline for Meg.”
FILLING THE STAT SHEET
Dangerfield had nine assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot to go with her 17 points. Auriemma said it was probably the most complete game she has played at UConn.
UCF: The Golden Knights head home for two games. The face Houston on Wednesday night and rival South Florida next Sunday.
UConn: The Huskies travel to Louisville for a showdown with the No. 4-ranked Cardinals on Thursday night and then play at Cincinnati on Saturday.
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