The path to the next meeting of the top-ranked teams in women’s basketball was cleared Sunday when No. 2 Duke beat No. 17 Oklahoma, 94-85, in Norman, Okla.
The Huskies and Blue Devils play Dec. 17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m.
It will be the fifth 1 vs. 2 game for UConn since it blasted then No. 1 Stanford, 61-35, in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 29, 2012.
The Huskies had three last year; they lost to No. 1 Baylor on Feb. 18, 2013 and split games with No. 2 Notre Dame, losing in the epic triple overtime game in South Bend on March 4 and winning in the national semifinals on April 7.
Duke had a 21-point first half lead to help Joanne P. McCallie to her 500th win as a Division I head coach.
But Duke has not played well against UConn, losing the last six meetings since a team coach by Gail Goestenkors nipped the Huskies, 63-61, in overtime in the Elite Eight in Bridgeport in 2006.
The Blue Devils two wins over UConn since 1988 have been by a combined three points. UConn’s six wins dating to Nov. 25, 2007 have been by an average of 29.3.
What isn’t know is whether either Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (elbow) or Morgan Tuck (knee) will be cleared to play even though both are expected to practice this week for the first time since Nov. 11.
“Our [shortened] rotation is what it is,” Geno Auriemma said. “The kids know it. They have no choice. They have to play well and they have to stay out of foul trouble.”