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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bench delivers in latest UConn win

With the way UConn's star players performed in yesterday's 81-point win over Wichita State, it might be easy to overlook what happened when starters Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams as well as top reserve Azura' Stevens were all on the bench.

This was the 17th time this season that UConn had a stretch in a game without their top six players on the court. Not only was the 6:26 stretch the longest of the season but with a combination of UConn's "second six" of Molly Bent, Batouly Camara, Mikayla Coombs, Lexi Gordon, Kyla Irwin and Megan Walker outscoring Wichita 13-4, it was the largest scoring surplus when UConn didn't have one of its top six players on the court topping the six-point edge against USF.

"They weren't forcing anything and that is why they did so well," Williams said. "I think the last few games I think they got riled up and trying to make plays that the normally don't make and now they all did what they are good at."

It was a far cry from the seven turnovers in 3:55 against DePaul or the five straight turnovers committed against Tulane. Playing just under 45 1/2 minutes without one of its six core players heading into the Wichita State game, the Huskies were outscored by 18 points and committed 29 turnovers.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma was pleased with what he saw for most of the time they were out on the court together.

"There wasn't much of a drop off," Auriemma said. "We started a certain way and we sustained it pretty much the whole game which is not always easy to do when you have a big lead like that. Once you get a big lead, it affects them obviously and I am sure everybody on the other team is hoping we start missing. We kept making them and players we were bringing off the bench added a lot so it kept intensifying."


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