Samuelson scores 28, No. 3 UConn beats LSU, 76-53
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson scored a career-high 28 points, Kia Nurse added a season best 15 points along with eight assists, and No. 3 UConn handed LSU its first loss of the season, 76-53 on Sunday night.
Crystal Dangerfield added 10 points and Gabby Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for UConn (3-0), which extended college basketball's longest active winning streak to 78 games.
Samuelson, a 6-3 sophomore who was among the nation's best freshmen last season, hit seven of her eight made shots from 3-point range and also sank all five of her free throws.
Raigyne Moncrief scored 15 for LSU (3-1), which trailed by 21 at halftime and struggled to get much closer than that for much of the second half. Alexis Hyder added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.
After a competitive first quarter, UConn began to pull way on consecutive 3's by Nurse and Samuelson, which opened a 10-0 run that pushed the Huskies' lead to 31-16.
Later the period, Samuelson hit a 3 from the right wing while being fouled by Hyder and hit a free throw to complete a four-point play which made it 40-23. Samuelson added a couple free throws to give her 14 points in the first half, and Dangerfield added a jumper late in the period to put the Huskies up 46-25 at halftime.
UConn: The Huskies have now won five straight against LSU and improved to 8-1 all-time in the series, with the lone loss coming in the 2007 NCAA tournament regional finals to a Lady Tigers squad led by current WNBA and U.S. national team player Sylvia Fowles. … 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. … UConn has now beaten 110 straight unranked opponents since losing by a point to then-unranked St. John's on Feb. 18, 2012.
LSU: The Lady Tigers were off to their best start since their 9-0 beginning to the 2009-10 season and their struggles against a juggernaut like UConn doesn't mean this season's LSU squad won't be competitive in most of its games this season. … Senior guard Rina Hill made her season debut after missing the first three games because of a hip injury. She played 15 minutes in a reserve role and had a rebound and an assist. … Hyder's point total was a season low but she narrowly extended to 12 her consecutive games with at least 10 points.
UConn: The Huskies host Dayton at the on-campus Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday night.
LSU: The Lady Tigers travel to the Virgin Islands for the holiday weekend to play in the Paradise Jam, opening against UTEP on Thanksgiving Day.