VILLANOVA at No. 3 UCONN WOMEN
Site: XL Center
Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
TV: SNY (Andrew Catalon, Meghan Culmo and Kerith Burke)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 35-17
Last meeting: UConn, 72-49, Jan. 14, 2012, Villanova, Pa.
Streaks: UConn W6; Villanova W1
VILLANOVA (16-3, 5-1)
33 LAURA SWEENEY, 15.4, F, 6.2, Sr., 13.2 – Also leads team in blocks, steals and rebounding
2 RACHEL ROBERTS, G, 5-9, Sr., 11.3 – Career-high 26 points Saturday vs. Syracuse
21 LAUREN BURFORD, F, 6-0, So.,7.5 – Slightly better from three (39 percent) than field (38 percent)
22 DEVON KANE, G, 5-9, Jr., 6.4 – Great assist (42) to turnover (14) ratio
24 MEGAN PEARSON, F, 6-0, Sr., 4.5 – Averaging 24.3 minutes off the bench
5 CAROLINE COYER, G, 5-10, Fr., 7.2 – Team’s best free throw shooter at 88 percent
3 JESSE CAREY, G, 5-10, Sr., 1.5 – High school team of Doty at Germantown (Pa.) Academy
UCONN (18-1, 5-1)
5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 3.8 –Just two free throws in 334 minutes
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 8.5 – Shooting percentage just 40.8 from field
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 13.4 – Career-high 25 points vs. Syracuse
34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.6 – WNBA’s Seattle Storm was scouting her Saturday
13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 7.8 – Has doubled her point production from last season
23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 16.8 – Shooting 49.1 percent from three this season.
3 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 3.8 – Played 17 minutes Saturday at Cincinnati
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-3, Fr., 14.5 – Big East’s reigning Rookie of the Week
Villanova is one of the few original Big East programs to enjoy even a modicum of success against the Huskies. But it’s a brief one; a two-game winning streak on March 11, 2003 and Feb. 28, 2004. Villanova is honoring the 2002-03 team that won the Big East championship by upsetting No. 1 UConn and ending its 70-game winning streak. UConn has won the last nine meetings. The Wildcats have not scored 50 in the last seven tries.
What a game
Did you hear about the Villanova-Providence game last week? The Wildcats lost 65-60 in overtime despite being in complete control (29-10) at halftime thanks to a 21-0 run that lasted more than 12 minutes. Providence then scored the first 21 points of the second half. The Wildcats bounced back with a 64-59 win over nationall-ranked Syracuse on Saturday.
Roberts was born in Manchester and was a three-time, first-team All-State selection by the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association, the Courant and the New Haven Register at Mercy-Middletown High. As a junior in 2007-08, she averaged 22.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. She scored 1,700 points and ranks second all-time in scoring at Mercy and was a two-time conference MVP.
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