غير مصنف

Women’s basketball gameday: SMU at No. 3 UConn

[ad_1]


When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs

Records: SMU (7-11, 1-4 AAC); UConn (16-1, 5-0 AAC)

TV: SNY/ESPN3

Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network — 97.9 ESPN-Hartford, WINE 940 AM-Brookfield, WGCH 1490 AM-Greenwich, WICC 600 AM-Bridgeport, WAVZ 1300 AM-New Haven, WXLM 980 AM-New London, WATR 1320 AM-Waterbury, WILI 1400 AM-Willimantic





KEEP AN EYE ON


Practice makes perfect:
Geno Auriemma is challenging forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa to work harder, not just in games but also in practice.

“One of the things that Coach Auriemma has always done, since the dawn of time when I was playing here, is if you don’t practice hard and you don’t practice well, you’re not going to play well,” UConn assistant Shea Ralph said Tuesday following practice at the Werth Center.


Nelson-Ododa’s first 17 games at UConn have been marked by inconsistency. The No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2018, Nelson-Ododa has played only 10.4 minutes per game, averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds.

She explained that adjusting to the physicality of the college game remains one of her biggest hurdles.

“I definitely made my improvements, but there’s a long way to go with that, clearly,” Nelson-Ododa said. “Each day … I’m striving to make progress.”

Added Ralph: “She needs to get stronger. She’s tall and thin. She doesn’t have a whole lot of muscle to her.”


Bouncing back:
All-American Katie Lou Samuelson struggled in Saturday’s victory at Temple, scoring only 10 points (4-of-13 shooting, 1-of-7 from 3) and committing four turnovers. It was Samuelson’s lowest scoring output since a second-round win over Quinnipiac in last year’s NCAA Tournament (eight points).

“I just had a bad shooting night,” Samuelson said Tuesday. “For myself, I thought I could’ve done more to contribute, even with missing shots. Now, I need to make a concerted effort to do more than I did that game.”


Learning as they go:
Seven of SMU’s 11 players are freshmen, including guard Kayla White, who is second on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game.


The only programs with more freshmen are Wichita State and Florida Atlantic, each with eight.

SMU has certainly dealt with its share of growing pains, going 7-11, including just 1-4 in the American Athletic Conference.


All in the family:
Forward Johnasia Cash is a cousin of former UConn star Swin Cash, who ranks 21st on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list with 1,583 points.

Johnasia, a 6-2 sophomore, is averaging 5.7 points and 6.7 rebounds across 16.9 minutes per game for SMU.


PROBABLE STARTERS

UConn

Player

Pos.

PPG

Crystal Dangerfield

G

12.9

Christyn Williams

G

11.5

Katie Lou Samuelson

G

18.9

Megan Walker

F

12.5

Napheesa Collier

F

18.2

SMU

Player

Pos.

PPG

Ariana Whitfield

G

7.0

Kayla White

G

11.9

Brishonne Tollie

F

3.2

Johnasia Cash

F

5.3

Marie Olson

F

1.7

— Doug Bonjour



[ad_2]

Source link

اظهر المزيد

مقالات ذات صلة

زر الذهاب إلى الأعلى