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UConn women roll past Temple

February 9, 2019

STORRS — Temple has one of the most productive duos in the American Athletic Conference in Alliya Butts and Mia Davis. They were no match, though, for UConn’s talented trio.

Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield and Katie Lou Samuelson did all they could to carry the Huskies Saturday. They combined for 71 points, as No. 5 UConn rolled past Temple 109-74 before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.

Donning their home white uniforms with pink trimming as part of their Pink4Kay Pink Game, the Huskies shot 62 percent, including an eye-opening 15-of-24 from 3.

The Huskies Big Three accounted for a hearty dose of that production. Collier recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Dangerfield scored 22 points and Samuelson 19.

It was an appropriate way for the Huskies, 21-2 and 10-0 in the AAC, to gear up for their next big test: Monday against No. 12 South Carolina at the XL Center.

Temple (8-15, 4-6) shot 44 percent and hit eight 3s in the first half, yet the Owls trailed 58-40. Why? Well, the Huskies hit 21 of their 31 attempts from the field, including seven treys.

The Huskies kept up their torrid pace in the second half, along the way to their second straight 100-point effort.

Davis, the AAC’s leading scorer, paced Temple with 20 points while Lena Niang scored 15 and Butts 13.

dbonjour@ctpost.com; @DougBonjour

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