No. 2 UConn wins 79th straight, 98-65 over Dayton
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson put up a career-high in points for the second consecutive game, scoring 29 and leading No. 2 UConn to a 98-65 win over Dayton on Tuesday night.
Gabby Williams tied her single-game high with 19 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had a career-high five assists for the Huskies (4-0). Napheesa Collier chipped in with 22 points to help extend the nation's longest winning streak to 79 games.
Jenna Burdette and Lauren Cannatelli each scored 15 for Dayton (2-2), which had won two straight.
The Flyers led 10-5 midway through the first quarter. Burdette had five points during that run. But the Huskies scored the next 15 and led 22-13 going into the second quarter.
It was 51-31 by halftime.
Samuelson, who had 28 points on Sunday against LSU, had 20 of her points before intermission. She hit 10 of her 17 shots in the game and was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
THE BIG PICTURE
UConn: The Huskies streak seems almost certain to reach at least 80 games, but after that things could get interesting again. UConn began the season with wins over two top-12 opponents in Florida State and Baylor. They play Chattanooga next, but face No. 18 DePaul, No. 14 Texas, top-ranked Notre Dame, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 6 Maryland, all before January. UConn's winning streak is the third longest in college basketball history, behind only its own program record of 90 straight from 2008-10 and the UCLA men's record of 88 consecutive victories from 1971-74.
Dayton: The Flyers had bounced back nicely after a season-opening loss at home to Quinnipiac, with road wins over Wisconsin and Princeton. First-year coach Shauna Green's team was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 and a trip to Storrs can only help prepare them for the conference season. The former assistant took over when Jim Jabir resigned for personal reasons in September after 13 years as coach.
UConn's ranking likely won't be affected by this game. Barring any upsets, they should stay where they are until the Dec. 7 showdown with top-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend.
UConn: After playing four games in nine days, the Huskies are off for the Thanksgiving holiday before hosting their first game off campus in Hartford on Nov. 29 against Chattanooga.
Dayton: The Flyers are off to Bimini in the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam, where they will face Georgia Tech on Friday.