Takeaways from UConn’s win over Ole Miss at the Paradise Jam
The UConn women improved to 7-0 all-time at the Paradise Jam with a convincing 90-50 victory over Mississippi on Thursday at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas.
Six players scored in double-figures for the second-ranked Huskies (3-0), led by Katie Lou Samuelson’s 22 points.
Here are a few takeaways from the Huskies’ latest victory.
Katie Lou back on target: Katie Lou Samuelson hit four 3-pointers, including the 300th of her career, as part of her 22-point night. (What, you didn’t think she was going to get shut out from 3-point range for the second straight game, did you?) The All-American needs just 11 more treys to tie Maya Moore for third all-time in program history. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis holds the school record of 398, followed by Diana Taurasi with 318.
Making her mark: Geno Auriemma believes Christyn Williams possesses the skills — aggressiveness, physicality and confidence — to become a quality rebounder, if not something more. In fact, the Huskies head coach said that he envisions the 5-foot-11 freshman developing into “one of the best rebounding guards in the country.”
Williams had her most effective night on the boards against the Rebels, pulling down seven rebounds (three offensive).
She does it again: Crystal Dangerfield sank a jumper in the lane with three seconds left in the first half, increasing UConn’s lead to 42-17. It was similar to her shot against Vanderbilt, which came at the buzzer.
Auriemma has given Dangerfield, now a junior, the reins to call her own plays when the time’s right. This clearly was one of those times.
Rebels try to rough it up: Mississippi tried to expose UConn’s most glaring weakness by dialing up the physicality. That worked for only a few minutes. Once the Huskies got into the open court and began hitting shots, it was over for the Rebels. The Huskies outscored the Rebels 9-2 on the fast-break and 15-7 off turnovers.
Walker finding her role: Samuelson will draw her share of double teams. So, too, will Napheesa Collier. And Dangerfield, she’ll get lots of attention as well. That should translate to plenty of one-on-one opportunities for Megan Walker.
Walker was all-around effective against the Rebels, recording 12 points and nine rebounds (seven in the first half). Those numbers should continue to grow as Walker gains confidence in this, her sophomore season.