No. 1 BAYLOR at No. 3 UCONN
Site: XL CENTER
Time: Monday, 9 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 2-1
Last meeting: Baylor, 66-61, Dec. 18, 2011
Streaks: Baylor W22, UConn W12
42 BRITTANY GRINER, C, 6-8, Sr., 22.0 – Reigning national player of the year has 96 blocked shots
0 ODYSSEY SIMS, G, 5-9, Jr., 12.4 – Leads team with 56 three-point attempts
32 BROOKLYN POPE, F, 6-1, Sr., 11.1 – Transfer from Rutgers, shooting 56.1 from field
10 DESTINY WILLIAMS, F, 6-1, Sr., 8.0 – Averaging 6.9 rebounds and 20.2 minutes
1 KIMETRIA HAYDEN, G, 5-8, Sr., 7.5 – Has 113 assists, 35 steals, 46 turnovers
3 JORDAN MADDEN, G, 6-0, Sr., 8.5 – Shooting 39.1 percent from three
2 NIYA JOHNSON, G, 5-8, Fr., 1.8 – Four starts, 72 assists, 20 steals
5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.0 – Of her 99 shots, 72 have been 3-pointers
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 9.1 – Played just 4 minutes at Rutgers
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 14.2 – Leads nation in field goal percentage (62.7)
34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.5 – Has 102 assists, 65 steals, 41 turnovers
23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 16.6 – Has made 74 three-pointers (49.3 percent)
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-3, Fr., 13.2 – Shooting just 26.9 percent from three-point range
4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 4.2 – Career-high 30 minutes at Rutgers
What to look for
The Great Griner
Watching Baylor’s center is like watching someone you’ve never seen before in college sports. Think Alcindor in the men’s game. She is a phenomenon, a defensive force, and the likely No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft
Tuck, Stewart and Jefferson are going to play major roles in this game, at some point, as Hartley did when she basically won the game the last time Baylor played here two seasons ago.
Defending the perimeter
UConn has attempted twice as many three-pointers this season (584-237) than Baylor. Does anyone need to question why that might be?
If UConn wins, and then can beat Notre Dame in March in South Bend, you may be looking at the nation’s top-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament. And that means the Huskies may not have to deal with either Baylor or ND in a possible national semifinal.
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