Women’s’ basketball gameday

March 3, 2019

NO. 2 UCONN AT SOUTH FLORIDAWhen: Monday, 7 p.m.Where: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Fla.Records: UCF (16-13, 7-8 AAC); UConn (27-2, 15-0 AAC)TV: ESPN2Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network — 97.9 ESPN-Hartford, WINE 940 AM-Brookfield, WGCH 1490 AM-Greenwich, WICC 600 AM-Bridgeport, WAVZ 1300 AM-New Haven, WXLM 980 AM-New London, WATR 1320 AM-Waterbury, WILI 1400 AM-WillimanticKEEP AN EYE ONThe Lou down: Katie Lou Samuelson wants to play in UConn’s regular-season finale. But, will her body allow it?The All-American guard’s status is uncertain after she left Saturday’s win over Houston with back spasms.“It all depends on how I feel (Sunday),” Samuelson said after playing just 17 minutes on Senior Day. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow. It could be a lot better or it could be worse — hopefully not.”Samuelson collided with an opposing player while diving for a loose ball late in the first half and immediately felt her right lower back lock up. She tried to give it a go in the second half but lasted only 82 seconds.“Lou thought she could give it a shot in the second half and obviously she couldn’t,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “We’ll see tomorrow how she feels, and we’ll see Monday how she feels, and we’ll go from there.”The senior finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.We meet again: Crystal Dangerfield doesn’t want a repeat of the last time UConn played South Florida.“That was probably a low-point for our season,” the junior recalled Saturday.Dangerfield and the other four starters were benched in the opening minutes of an ugly 63-46 victory on Jan. 13 at Gampel Pavilion.“We want to go down there and start the game on a five-minute run,” she said.The Huskies — who have already locked up the No. 1 seed in next week’s American Athletic Conference tournament — will face a different style of play from USF.“You look at the team today that we played and then the team we’re going to play Monday, it’s a 180 difference. … Monday’s game is more of a finesse kind of game,” Auriemma said.Camara steps up: With Samuelson hurt and Olivia Nelson-Ododa saddled with foul trouble, seldom-used forward Batouly Camara played 13 minutes against Houston. That matched her largest workload since last year’s AAC semifinal against Cincinnati.“These kinds of games where there’s a lot of contact at both ends of the floor,” Auriemma said, “they’re the games that ’Touly thrives in. We knew that we’re not going to get a lot of points, we’re not going to get a lot of buckets, so that’s not why she’s going in.“We know there’s going to be bodies flying and things happening. She’s going to rebound and she’s going to be physical and aggressive.”That’s pretty much what Camara did, recording two points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks — all in the second half.“She was huge,” Dangerfield said. “At that point we were in deep, deep foul trouble. Lou was already out, so just going to Batouly, she brings a presence that our other post players can’t. She’s really, really physical. She’s going to do the dirty work.”Worth watching: The second NCAA top-16 reveal will be announced at halftime on ESPN2.UConn was given a No. 2 seed in the Albany (N.Y.) Regional in the first reveal on Feb. 11, however three of the teams seeded ahead of the Huskies that night (Louisville, Oregon and Mississippi State) have since lost.PROBABLE STARTERSUCONNPlayerPos.PPGCrystal DangerfieldG13.6Christyn WilliamsG10.6Katie Lou SamuelsonG18.9Megan WalkerF11.8Napheesa CollierF20.3USFPlayerPos.PPGElisa PinzanG2.8Enna PehadzicG11.7Luize SepteG5.8Shae LeverettF7.4Tamara HenshawF6.3— Doug Bonjour