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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Individual statistics don't define UConn seniors

There's so much more to UConn seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams than simply reciting their statistics over the last four seasons but I will still proceed with that task.

Nurse will move into sole possession of sixth place in UConn history when she makes her 136th career start against USF on Monday night. She is also ninth with 247 made 3-pointers, when she hits her 250th career 3, she will join Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Bria Hartley and Renee Montgomery as the only Huskies with at least 250 career 3-pointers and free throws made. Williams is fourth in program history with 958 rebounds, seventh with 290 steals and 10th with 302 offensive rebounds. She joins Maya Moore as the only UConn players with at least 900 rebounds and 250 steals. Williams could also tie the UConn and Division I women's basketball record for wins by a player with 150 currently held by Maya Moore and Moriah Jefferson. Williams is 140-1 (she did not play in the loss to Stanford as a freshman) and if the Huskies were to win the American Athletic Conference tournament and NCAA titles, she could finish with a record of 150-1.

It's hard to think about one of them without the other so here are some other numbers to consider:
They have combined for 3,053 points and only 12 sets of UConn classmates have combined for at least 3,000 career points (teammates Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson are also on that list)
They have combined for 465 steals, the second best total for a pair of UConn classmates and their 859 assists rank sixth among UConn classmates.

UConn's Senior Night festivities are set to begin at 6:37 p.m. and will air live on the UConn women's basketball team's Facebook page.

A win would mark the 10th time in program history (and third straight) that the Huskies would enter the postseason undefeated. UConn has clinched its fifth straight AAC regular season title and receives a bye into the quarterfinals. UConn will meet the winner of the 8/9 game in the third of four quarterfinal games at 6:30 p.m. a week from today in a game airing on ESPNU.

Although one game remains for all 12 conference teams, it is too early to determine who will be in that 8/9 game.

Here's my very unofficial breakdown with the top seven spots seemingly easy to decipher.
1. UConn
2. USF
3. UCF
4. Cincinnati/Houston winner
5. Cincinnati/Houston loser
6. Wichita with win or ECU loss/ECU with win and Wichita loss
7. Wichita/ECU

Currently there are three teams tied with 4-11 records in AAC play and two of them play on Monday so the winner of the SMU/Tulane game will land in the 8/9 game. If Memphis beats Temple, the Tigers would also be in the 8/9 game. If Temple beats Memphis and Tulane beats SMU, things could be interesting since there would be a three-way tie at 4-12 with Temple, Memphis and SMU. Temple and SMU split with Memphis losing its only game to both SMU and Temple knocking Memphis out of that tiebreaking scenario. I believe the next tiebreaker would be strength of victory and but Temple and SMU would both have wins against Tulsa, Memphis, ECU and each other so somebody smarter than me would have to figure out who gets the No. 9 seed and who finishes 10th.

The AAC tournament begins on Saturday with four games


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