HARTFORD, Conn., JAN. 10, 2017 – No. 20 USF was unable to stop top-ranked UConn from matching its own NCAA Division I record win streak Tuesday night at the XL Center.
Junior Maria Jespersen was the lone Bull in double figures with 11 points in a 102-37 loss to the Huskies that snapped the Bulls’ five-game winning streak.
USF (13-2, 2-1) was looking to add to its hottest start in school history but couldn’t get into a rhythm, shooting 23 percent from the field with 20 turnovers. Despite the loss, senior Nancy Warioba made the most of her 17 minutes off the bench with six points and six rebounds.
UConn (15-0, 3-0) won its 90th straight game, the longest streak in NCAA basketball history, a feat the Huskies accomplished once before. From November 2008 to December 2010, UConn won 90 games, surpassing the NCAA previous record of 88 straight wins by UCLA men’s basketball in the 1970’s.
Chasing history, UConn got off to a fast start, outscoring USF, 30-6, and blocking five shots in the first quarter. USF shot 14 percent from the field in the opening period and was held to single scoring digits in a quarter for just the second time this season.
Saniya Chong scored 13 points and dished out seven of UConn’s 21 assists in the first half that saw the Huskies build a 65-19 advantage. UConn finished with 31 total assists in its return from a five-day break from games.
Chong finished with 20 points, one of six UConn players in double figures, in the Huskies’ highest scoring game of the season. UConn’s eighth win over a top-25 opponent this season marked the first time USF has given up 100 points in a game since a 106-60 loss at Memphis during the 1995-96 season.
31 – UConn finished with 31 assists on 41 made shots. USF finished with 20 turnovers.
30-6 – UConn seized the momentum early, outscoring the Bulls, 30-6, in the first quarter. USF shot a season-low 14 percent in the opening period and was held to single scoring digits in a quarter for just the second time this season.
19 – UConn held USF to 19 points in the first half, marking the first time the Bulls scored less than 20 in a half since Feb. 16, 2014 (15 vs. UConn).
- Heading into the game, USF was 13-1 for the first time since the 2008-09 season, the best start in USF’s 45 seasons. UConn matched its largest margin of victory during its 90-game win streak on Tuesday night.
- UConn scored its most points ever in a game against USF. The last time the Bulls gave up 100 points in a game was in a 106-60 loss at Memphis during the 1995-96 season.
- USF has faced a No. 1 team 14 times since 1994. The highest ranked team USF has defeated was No. 11 DePaul in overtime, 79-77, on Dec. 7, 2005.
- UConn improved to 21-0 in the all-time series with USF after a five-day break from game action.
- Head coach Jose Fernandez needs two wins to reach No. 300 in his career. Only two active coaches in the American Athletic Conference have accomplished the feat.
USF will look to bounce back 7 p.m. Saturday at home against East Carolina. Reserve your seats for the conference showdown at the Sun Dome at USFBullsTix.com.
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The Bulls return eight players from last season, and have signed six newcomers to the roster. American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Kitija Laksa will lead a squad full of international flavor that boasts nine players from around the world. USF will look to extend its postseason streak to five consecutive seasons and return to the conference championship for the third time in as many years.
USF has made 12 postseason tournament appearances and had four NCAA Tournament berths in Head Coach Jose Fernandez’s 16 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to seven 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 280 games.
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