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Friday, January 27, 2017

UConn's sophomores Collier, Samuelson continue to shine

With tomorrow's game against Houston being the Huskies' 20th game of the season, I did some research to see where the current UConn stars rank on the list of most productive players through 20 games.

The short answer is that they rank at or near the top.

Let' start with the fact that Samuelson and Collier have combined for 769 points through the first 19 games. The highest scoring tandem of UConn players through 20 games is Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes who had 788 points in the first 20 games of the 2010-11 season.

Also, if Samuelson hits four 3-pointers, that will give her 73 this season, the most ever for a Husky in the first 20 games. Currently Wendy Davis holds the mark with 72 treys set during the 1991-92 season. Kia Nurse has 40 3-pointers which puts her 16th on the list.

As for scoring, I have Samuelson currently ranking third with 415 points and Collier 12th with 364 points. It should be noted that I went through the box scores in the 1985-86 and a couple of games are missing so I only have Peggy Walsh's total in 19 of the 20 games so she would rank even higher that the eighth place I currently have her in.

I also have Gabby Williams  joining Sue Bird, Jen Rizzotti, Renee Montgomery, Diana Taurasi and Moriah Jefferson as the only UConn players with 100 assists through 20 games although with 102 assists she has some work to do to catch Bird's total of 134 in the 2001-02 season and Rizzotti's mark of 129 set in 1995-96. Also, while Williams' total of 54 steals in impressive, Nykesha Sales had an astonishing 83 steals in the first 20 games of the 1995-96 season.

POINTS (DATING BACK TO GENO AURIEMMA'S FIRST SEASON)
Maya Moore 2010-11 477
Nykesha Sales 1997-98 439
Katie Lou Samuelson 2016-17 415 (19)
Kerry Bascom 1988-89 401 (19)
Maya Moore 2008-09 397
Kerry Bascom 1989-90 388
Rebecca Lobo 1993-94 384
Peggy Walsh 1985-86 379 (missing one game)
Kerry Bascom 1990-91 376
Maya Moore 2009-10 372
Breanna Stewart 2015-16 371 (19)
Napheesa Collier 2016-17 364 (19)
Breanna Stewart 2013-14 364
Kara Wolters 1995-96 355
Diana Taurasi 2003-04 353
Svet Abrosimova 1998-99 352
Renee Najarian 1987-88 350

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