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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Dangerfield steals the show, Camara finally gets her chance as UConn rolls past DePaul

Having been covering the UConn women's basketball team for 20 years now, I've seen plenty of Huskies light it up from 3-point range and other times seen a player dish out assists at a fast and furious pace. However, how many times has the same player done it in the same game?

All sophomore guard Crystal Dangerfield did was go 6 for 7 from 3-point range while handing out nine assists.

After the game, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said, "there may not be anyone more critical to what we are trying to do than Crystal."

There will be much more on Dangerfield in Sunday's paper.

This was just the second time all season that Katie Lou Samuelson was able to be checked out of the game for the final time because of the score and not due to any injury she suffered.

"I was definitely excited to get out there and it was fun to be part of," Samuelson said after scoring a game-high 20 points.

Gabby Williams pulled down her 800th career rebounds meaning that she joins Kelly Faris (who was in attendance), Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart as the only Huskies with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.

Also, Batouly Camara made her UConn debut when she checked into the game in the fourth quarter. Camara had to sit out last season after transferring from Kentucky and then suffered a knee injury in the preseason that kept her out of action - until Friday night.

"She has been doing most of the stuff in practice so I was hoping there would be an opportunity soon to get her out there and do some things," Auriemma said. "We will try to get her to do more after the exam break."

Freshman Mikayla Coombs and Lexi Gordon stayed in Connecticut as final exams are about the begin and the UConn coaches thought it would be in their best interest to get ready for those exams.

DePaul came into the game leading all Division I women's basketball teams in 3-pointers made and attempted per game. DePaul jacked up 43 3-pointers which is the most for any team against UConn topping the mark of 39 set by Villanova on Feb. 24, 2007.

Oh by the way, it was win No. 999 for not only Auriemma but associate head coach Chris Dailey so look for more on that subject sooner rather than later.


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