Seton Hall: Espinoza-Hunter transferred from UConn after her freshman season and spent two years at Mississippi State. She had originally opted out of this season because of COVID-19 concerns, but instead transferred to Seton Hall and in December was granted a waiver to play by the NCAA. She came into the game averaging just over 21 points.
“Andra has made a difference on the court, but double the amount off the court,” coach Tony Bozzella said. “Her maturity and work ethic has really rubbed off on our team.”
UConn: The Huskies, who spent the last seven seasons in the American Athletic Conference, have not lost to a league opponent in 151 games, since falling to Notre Dame in the Big East championship game in 2013…. Bueckers has now scored 20 points or more in six straight games.
STATS OF THE GAME
UConn turned the ball over 18 times, but just five times in the second half. Seton Hall scored just seven points from those giveaways. Connecticut had 25 points off of 19 Pirate turnovers. The bigger Huskies also won the rebounding battle, 46-32.
UConn’s win over South Carolina on Monday had an estimated 461,000 viewers on FS1, making it the most-watched women’s college basketball game in the channel’s history.
Auriemma, who is 66 and turns 67 next month, got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday before the game.
“I just wanted to see if somebody could make a shot and the nurse was great, stuck the needle in me — swish,” he said. “It was the first swish I’ve seen in a long time other than Paige, so I feel 100% better.”
Seton Hall: The Pirates head home to host Creighton on Saturday.
UConn: The Huskies are scheduled to travel to Washington D.C. for a game at Georgetown on Friday.