2016–17 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team

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2016–17 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
2016–17 record 25–0 (12–0 The American)
Head coach Geno Auriemma (32nd year)
Associate head coach Chris Dailey
Assistant coach Shea Ralph
Assistant coach Marisa Moseley
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
← 2015–16
2017–18 →
2016–17 American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Connecticut 13 0   1.000     26 0   1.000
Temple 11 2   .846     21 5   .808
#22 South Florida 9 4   .692     20 6   .769
UCF 7 6   .538     17 9   .654
Cincinnati 7 6   .538     16 10   .615
Tulane 7 7   .500     16 11   .593
Memphis 6 7   .462     13 13   .500
SMU 5 8   .385     14 12   .538
Tulsa 4 10   .286     8 19   .296
Houston 3 10   .231     10 16   .385
East Carolina 1 13   .071     10 17   .370
2017 The American Tournament winner
As of February 19, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016–17 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team will represent the University of Connecticut (UConn) during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Huskies, led by Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma, in his 32nd season at UConn, will play their home games at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center and are fourth year members of the American Athletic Conference.

Media

Every single Connecticut game is expected to be televised. Excluding exhibitions, most Connecticut games air on SNY, an ESPN network, or a CBS network. Exhibition games and games that air on SNY are also streamed on Husky Vision. Every game is expected to be broadcast on the UConn IMG Sports Network with an extra audio broadcast being available online to listen to through Husky Vision.

Off-season

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Year Hometown Notes
Pulido, BrianaBriana Pulido 2 G 5'7" Senior Miami, FL Graduated
Tuck, MorganMorgan Tuck 3 F 6'2" RS Junior Bolingbrook, IL Graduated/Declared to 2016 WNBA draft
Jefferson, MoriahMoriah Jefferson 4 G 5'7" Senior Glenn Heights, TX Graduated/Declared to 2016 WNBA draft
Ekmark, CourtneyCourtney Ekmark 22 G 6'0" Sophomore Phoenix, AZ Transferred to Arizona State
Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart 30 F 6'4" Senior North Syracuse, NY Graduated/Declared to 2016 WNBA draft
Boykin, De'JanaeDe'Janae Boykin 35 F 6'2" Freshman Springdale, MD Transferred to Penn State

Incoming Transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Year Hometown Notes
Camara, BatoulyBatouly Camara 32 F 6'2" Sophomore New York, NY Transferred from Kentucky. Under NCAA transfer rules, Camara will sit out for one year and be eligible to start at the beginning the 2017–18 season. Camara has three years of remaining eligibility.
Stevens, AzuraAzura Stevens 23 G/F 6'6" Junior Raleigh, NC Transferred from Duke. Under NCAA transfer rules, Stevens will sit out for one year and be eligible to start at the beginning the 2017–18 season. Stevens will have two years of remaining eligibility.

Recruits

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Crystal Dangerfield
PG
Murfreesboro, TN Blackman 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) N/A  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 98
Molly Bent
G
Centerville, MA Tabor Academy 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) N/A  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 90
Kyla Irwin
P
Lemont, PA State College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) N/A  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 90
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 

Roster

2016–17 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Home town
G 5 Dangerfield, CrystalCrystal Dangerfield 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Fr Blackman Murfreesboro, TN
G 10 Bent, MollyMolly Bent 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Tabor Academy Centerville, MA
G 11 Nurse, KiaKia Nurse 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Jr St. Thomas More Hamilton, ON
G 12 Chong, SaniyaSaniya Chong 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sr Ossining Ossining, NY
G 15 Williams, GabbyGabby Williams 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Jr Reed Sparks, NV
G 20 Lawlor, TierneyTierney Lawlor 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Sr Ansonia Ansonia, CT
G/F 23 Stevens, AzuraAzura Stevens (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) RS Jr Duke Raleigh, NC
G/F 24 Collier, NapheesaNapheesa Collier 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) So Incarnate Word Academy O'Fallon, MO
F 25 Irwin, KylaKyla Irwin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr State College Lemont, PA
F 32 Camara, BatoulyBatouly Camara (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS So Kentucky New York, NY
G/F 33 Lou Samuelson, KatieKatie Lou Samuelson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) So Mater Dei Huntington Beach, CA
C 51 Butler, NatalieNatalie Butler 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) RS Jr Georgetown Fairfax Station, VA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 9/21/16

Games

Exhibition

IUP

Connecticut took on the Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks in their initial exhibition game. The Huskies started strong early, opening up a 13–2 lead in the opening minutes. The Crimson Hawks played roughly even over the next few minutes; the Huskies were leading 26–14 late in the first quarter. An 8–0 run to start the second quarter and a 14–0 run to start the second half helped extend the lead and Connecticut ended up with the win, 111–39. Katie Lou Samuelson was the leading scorer with 24 points for UConn while Carolyn Appleby was the leading scorer for IUP with 17 points.[1]

Pace

The second, and final exhibition game of the season was against the Pace University Setters. The Huskies worked on their full-court press, which was effective against the Division II team, holding Pace to just three points in the first quarter against 35 for the Huskies. Connecticut continued the full-court pressure in the second quarter and led 59–9 at the half. In the third quarter, Connecticut stopped the press and let the Setters play in a half-court offense; Pace kept pace with Connecticut; each team scoring 13 in the third quarter. The final score, in favor of the Huskies 95–32. Pace's Kirsten Dodge was high scorer for the team with nine points. UConn's Gabby Williams had a double double scoring 24 points and securing 10 rebounds.[2]

Regular Season

Florida State (away)

The opening of the regular-season was a road game against Florida State University. The Seminoles were ranked 12th, but did not have Leticia Romero, who had played on the Olympic team from Spain which won the silver metal. The Huskies brought a 75-game winning streak into the game, although several key players from those teams had graduated. Florida State led by four points at halftime, only the fourth time that Connecticut trailed at the half in their streak. The Seminoles expanded the lead to seven; the largest deficit the Huskies had faced in the second half of the streak was two points, against Maryland the previous year. The Huskies had not had a player foul out the entire previous year but had two players with three fouls each by halftime, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams. In the second half, Gabby Williams hit a three pointer, the first one of her career and Samuelson hit another three-pointer as part of a 14–2 run to give a five-point lead to UConn. The Huskies would extend the margin to eight points, but the Seminoles responded and cut the lead to a single point with under a minute to go. Brittany Brown was fouled attempting a three-pointer and went to the line with a three-point deficit, making two of three to cut the lead to a single point. She missed the third free-throw, which was knocked out of bounds by two players, one from each team. The referees called it Florida State's ball, and affirmed the call after a review. After inbounding, Shakayla Thomas tried to score but she was blocked by Naphessa Collier who then tapped the ball to Crystal Dangerfield. Florida State had one final chance, down by two points, but Imani Wright's three-point attempt missed the basket and Connecticut escaped with a two-point win, 78–76. Napheesa Collier had a career-high 28 points, while Saniya Chong added 16 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.[3]

Baylor (home)

Connecticut played Baylor in the first home game of the season. Baylor's AP ranking is #2 while Connecticut is #3. It is the first time since February 2015, when Connecticut faced South Carolina, that the Huskies were playing a team ranked ahead of them in a poll. Prior to the tip off, Connecticut unveiled the banner identifying the team as the 2016 NCAA champions. The Lady Bears scored twice before the Huskies first score. UConn responded and took a lead, but the lead changed hands repeatedly as the score remained close throughout the first half. Baylor missed a three-pointer near the end of the half, allowing UConn to go into halftime with a three-point lead 32–29. Baylor opened the second half with a seven-point run to take the lead. However, shortly after, the Huskies led by Chrystal Dangerfield and Gabby Williams went on an 18–4 run to give UConn a 10-point lead. The Lady Bears responded and tied the game up at 54 each with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the game. Then UConn "took charge" and went on a 16–2 run to make the score 70–56 with about a minute left in the game. The game ended with UConn leading 72–61. The win extended the UConn winning streak to 77 consecutive games, the second longest streak in women's basketball history, beaten only by UConn's 90 consecutive wins. Baylor's Alexis had 23 points while UConn's Dangerfield came off the bench to score 19 points.[4][5]

LSU (away)

UConn visited Baton Rouge for a game against the LSU. The Lady Tigers Kept the game close early trailing by only two points 16–14. The Huskies open up the game in the second quarter hitting three consecutive three-pointers to extend the lead to 13 points. The Lady Tigers played roughly even in the second half, with UConn only outscoring them by two points but the final score favored Connecticut 76–53. The final margin of 23 points was exactly half of the margin in the prior year's meeting in Connecticut where the Huskies won by 46 points. Katie Lou Samuelson was the leading scorer for the Huskies with 28 points on seven three-pointers.[6]

Dayton (home)

Connecticut took on Dayton at home, the third time in history the two teams have met. The Huskies won both prior games, including the most recent game played in the Elite Eight game of the 2015 NCAA tournament. In that game, Dayton led at halftime, one of only three times in the last 127 games that UConn has been behind at halftime. The fans may have been thinking back to that game when Dayton was leading 10–5 just over four minutes into the game. Those thoughts dissipated when the Huskies scored the next 15 points. Connecticut expanded the lead until it reached a 20-point margin at halftime. The two teams played roughly even in the third quarter but two three-pointers by Nurse and one by Samuelson opened the fourth quarter to start another 15–0 run. When the final buzzer sounded, Connecticut led 98–65. Samuelson, who would set her career high with 28 points in the prior game, set a new career-high with 29 points. Williams had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Collier scored 22 points.[7]

Chattanooga (home)

UConn played Chattanooga in the first regular-season game in Hartford. The Mocs led 5–0 and still lead late in the first quarter 14–13 when Gabby Williams stole the ball, and made a layup to put the Huskies ahead. UConn led by just 12 points at halftime, but after giving up the first basket of the second half, they scored 18 consecutive points to give the Huskies a large lead. The Huskies won 80–43 giving them 80 consecutive wins. Chattanooga was unranked, but the upcoming schedule has five ranked teams. When asked about the upcoming schedule, Auriemma said "...cause we need to get our ass beat and soon and bad, so that some of our guys will come to realize that this is not as easy as they think it is".[8][9]

DePaul (home)

Connecticut hosted 15th ranked DePaul at their campus arena. The Huskies hit their first nine shots, but it was the defense that impressed coach Auriemma as the team held the Blue Demons without a basket for almost 6 minutes. The score was 22–1 before the Blue Demons hit their first basket. Kia Nurse exceeded her best scoring output of the season in the first quarter, exceeded her prior career high in the second quarter, and ended with 33 points, a new career-high. Gabby Williams assisted on 10 baskets, a new career high. DePaul, who were leading the nation in made three-pointers, hit only seven of their 40 attempts. The Huskies had a 31-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and went on to win 91–46, to record their 81st consecutive victory.[10][11]

Texas (neutral)

UConn faced 14th ranked Texas before a crowd of 9014 at the Mohegan Sun Arena as part of the annual Jimmy V classic. The Longhorns dominated early, leading 10–6 at the first timeout of the quarter and 17–11 with just under two minutes to go in the quarter. Coach Auriemma thought the Texas was going to overwhelm Connecticut with their size and athletic ability. However, the Huskies responded with 11 consecutive points to take a five-point lead. They extended the lead to double digits and ended the half with a nine-point margin. In the third quarter, Texas cut the lead to two and had a chance to tie or take the lead with the score at 51–49. After missing a shot that would tie the game Connecticut scored the next 12 points in a run that started in the third quarter and continued into the fourth quarter. Texas was unable to respond, and Connecticut came away with the win 72–54. Collier played virtually the entire game, not coming out until the final minute, scoring 24 points and pulling down eight rebounds.[12][13]

Notre Dame (away)

The game between Notre Dame and Connecticut featured the teams ranked first and second in the AP and Coaches poll, with UConn holding the top position in the AP and the Irish holding the top position in the Coaches poll. The game was played at Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion before a sellout crowd.

Notre Dame scored first, but Samuelson responded with a three-pointer to take the lead, a basket which would prove to be the only three-pointer of the game for the Huskies. That score was the first of several, as UConn opened up an 11–2 lead. Notre Dame responded, but UConn held a 23–14 lead at the end of the quarter. After UConn scored a basket to open the second quarter, the Irish scored nine consecutive points to close the gap to two points. Notre Dame added another 9–0 run to take a lead 34–30, although UConn scored the final four points of the half to tie the game at halftime. The second half also featured runs, with UConn scoring the first eight points of the second half, holding the Irish scoreless until after the media timeout, but the Irish responded with an eight-point run of their own to tie the game. However, Notre Dame would only score one more point in the quarter. Connecticut held a seven-point lead at the end of the third quarter, extended the lead to double digits in the final quarter and won the game 72–61.[14][15]

Samuelson, Williams and Nurse each played the full 40 minutes for UConn. Williams was the player of the game with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.[16]

Kansas State (away)

The game between UConn and Kansas State, played at their court, was a sellout. The attendance of 12,528 is the largest announced attendance at a women's Division I basketball game this year. The Wildcats had an early lead, up 4–2, but the Huskies scored the next 17 points to quiet the crowd. Connecticut led by 19 at the end of the first quarter, but it did not turn out to be a blowout. Kansas State cut the lead to 11 in the third quarter before UConn scored ten consecutive points to open up a more comfortable margin. The Huskies won the game 75–58 to record their 84th consecutive victory. Samuelson led all scorers with 26 points, while Collier had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 blocks.[17][18][19]

Ohio State (home)

The two top scorers for Connecticut each hoisted an airball in their first shot attempts against Ohio State. The Buckeye's Kelsey Mitchell seemed unstoppable, scoring 19 points in the first half including several dazzling plays. Despite this, the Huskies were still up by six points at halftime. They had led by as many as 12 but Ohio State Responding to Connecticut runs. The third quarter would be different, as both Collier and Samuelson were hitting their shots, and Connecticut outscored Ohio State 30–14. UConn switched defenders on Mitchell asking Dangerfield to take on the task and Mitchell scored only four points in the second half. UConn won, 82–63 extending their win streak to 85 games.[20][21][22][23]

Nebraska (away)

The game against Nebraska was never close. The Huskies hit just one of the first 10 shot attempts in the Huskies led 22–7 at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to as many as 48 points, giving the team a rare chance to play extended minutes for the bench. The final score in favor of Connecticut was 84–41, leading the Huskies to their 86th consecutive victory.[24][25]

Maryland (away)

In a battle of unbeaten teams, UConn took on the Maryland Terrapins in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,950 in Maryland. Samuelson was sick before and during the game, seriously enough that the coach wasn't sure she was going to play but she ended up playing 39 minutes. Although she missed several shots in the first half she came on strong in the second half and led the team in scoring with 23 points. Nurse played all 40 minutes and scored 19 points. Both Collier and Williams had files early and played significant portions of the second half with four fouls before Collier picked up her fifth and fouled out. The Huskies were leading by five points at halftime but opened up the third quarter with a 14–0 run in just over 2 1/2 minutes. They needed almost all of it, as Maryland came roaring back in the fourth quarter cutting the lead to five but never taking the lead. With the lead down to six, Chong hit a key three-pointer late in the game to extend the lead back to nine points. UConn won 87–81, recording its 87th consecutive victory, and winning their 30th consecutive road victory.[26][27][28]

UCF (away)

Connecticut opened the conference schedule with a game against UCF in Orlando. Although the Knights have improved under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, assisted by former UConn star Nykesha Sales, the team was no match for the Huskies, falling 84–48. Connecticut shot well, hitting over 60% of their field goals, and over 40% of their three-point attempts but committed a season-high 21 turnovers. Collier hit 10 of her 11 field-goal attempts, leading to a team-high 22 points.[29][30][31]

East Carolina (home)

UConn played their first conference home game against East Carolina. Chong had a three-pointer in the opening seconds of the game and the Huskies never trailed. Collier was the leading scorer with 21 points. The team has not lost two games in a row since March 1993, a stretch of 863 games.[32]

South Florida (home)

UConn faced South Florida in Hartford with a chance to tie the consecutive wins record, set by Connecticut in 2010. The USF Bulls are the only other ranked conference team UConn scored 30 points in the first quarter and exceeded that with 35 in the second quarter, but it was the defense, holding South Florida to just six points in the first quarter, and 19 points by halftime, which impressed coach Auriemma. He told the team at halftime, that it ″was as good of a 20 minutes of basketball that any of them have ever been a part of". UConn ended up with the win, 102–37 with is the 90th consecutive victory for the team. Chong was the high scorer with 20 points.[33][34]

SMU (away)

The UConn game against SMU followed a record tying 90 consecutive victories, so another victory would set the record for consecutive wins in NCAA basketball history. The Huskies were not interested in suspense, scoring the first 21 points in the game, and finishing with an 88–48 victory to set the new record. Both Collier and Williams recorded doubles, with 19 points and 16 rebounds for Collier and 19 and 10 for Williams. Samuelson scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Accolades came in from many observers, including Anucha Browne, the NCAA Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships, who remarked, "Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies on the sustained excellence it has taken to establish a new consecutive games won record, Even though they make it look easy at times, 91 wins and counting is an unbelievable accomplishment. It is saying something when you have broken the all-time consecutive games won record three times. To have won over 70 games in a row three times over the last 14 years is a testament to the UConn student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans who continue to fuel the program."[35][36]

Tulsa (away)

In their first game after setting the new NCAA consecutive wins record, UConn took on Tulsa at the Reynolds Center. On the one hand, the crowd of 1391 was the smallest crowd for Huskies game so far this season — on the other hand, it was the largest crowd to watch a women's basketball game in Tulsa, almost triple the next highest and well above the average attendance of 264. UConn never trailed, and finished the game with her 92nd consecutive win with a score of 98–58. Samuelson set a career-high with 34 points; Williams recorded 13 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.[37]

Tulane (home)

Samuelson missed her first five shots from the floor, but she did not stop shooting in the game against Tulane. In the second and third quarters, she scored 32 points to lead all scorers. She has scored 94 points in the last three games which ties the most ever by a Huskie; Maya Moore scored 94 in a three-game stretch in December 2010. Samuelson also recorded seven steals which is her career best. The Huskies did not trail during the game and ended up winning their 93rd consecutive game 100–56.[38]

East Carolina (away)

The game against East Carolina was notable more for milestones than the game itself. In the third quarter Nurse hit a basket to reach the thousand points in a career milestone. In the fourth quarter Williams was still in the game, and mildly wondering why she was still playing given that the game was out of reach. Then she passed to Butler who laid it in and the bench erupted. It dawned on Williams that she had recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. It is only the fifth triple-double in UConn women's basketball history. The team went on to win the game 91–44, resulting in and NCAA record 94th consecutive win, as well as the 34th consecutive road game which ties an NCAA record set by UConn in 2004.[39]

Houston (home)

Four minutes into the game, Houston led by two points, which would not normally be worthy of note, except that it was the first time UConn was trailing in since December 11, 2016. The Huskies then went on a 21-0 run to take control of the game. Williams recorded a double double with 19 points and ten rebounds, while Samuelson and Nurse scored 16 points. The Huskies won 91-42 to win their 95th consecutive game.[40]

Temple (away)

UConn faced Temple at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Temple is coached by Tonya Cardoza, a former UConn assistant coach. In the first half, UConn hit 77% of their shot attempts, and held Temple to 18 points, prompting head coach Auriemma to remark, "I can't think of one thing when we went in at halftime that I could've said, 'We need to do a better job.' That was about as good a first half as we've played, ..." The Huskies won 97–69, winning their 35th. consecutive rad game, a new NCAA record, as well as extending their overall win streak to 96. Collier had a double-double with 24 points and ten rebounds; Samuelson scored 25 points.[41][42]

Tulsa (home)

Although the Huskies shot poorly early in the game against Tulsa, hitting only one third of their shots in the first quarter, the team took a lead it would never relinquish, and extended a five-point first quarter lead to 17 at halftime. Shots started falling, and the team hit 57% of their field goal attempts for the game. Collier hit ten of her thirteen attempts to raise her season average to 67.5% first in the conference. The final score in favor of Connecticut was 96–50.[43][44]

Cincinnati (away)

UConn faced Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena before 4029 fans, the largest crowd of the season by far. The Bearcats, under head coach Jamelle Elliott, a former UConn assistant were having their best season in years, with a 14–9 record, but the team quickly learned that there was a long distance between them and the top team in the country. UConn's Collier took ten shots and hit all ten, as well as recording 12 rebounds, five blocks and six assists. Three other started had double-digit points, while Chong was close with nine points, as the Huskies won their 98th consecutive victory 96–49. The game also set a new NCAA record for consecutive road victories at 36.[45][46]

SMU (home)

After defeating SMU at their home by 40, the outcome of the home game against SMU wasn't the uppermost issue. Samuelson had been unable to practice for the last two days due to illness, and her status was unknown even as game time neared. She did end up playing, and played all 20 minutes of the first half, scoring 19 points. While she started the second half, she left midway through the quarter for the first time, and sat the rest of the game. Williams reached 200 rebounds 100 assists, 50 steals and 25 blocks for the season. She is only the third Husky to accomplish this, along with Maya Moore (who was in attendance) and Breanna Stewart. Williams is the first Division I player to reach that milestone this season, although another player reached the level later in the day. UConn won the game 83-41 to extend their winning streak to 99 games.[47][48]

AAC Tournament

Schedule

[49]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/01/2016
7:00 PM, HuskyVision
No. 3 IUP* W 111–39 
 24  Samuelson   9  Tied   6  Williams  Gampel Pavilion (4,419)
Storrs, CT
11/06/2016
1:00 PM, HuskyVision
No. 3 Pace* W 95–32 
 24  Williams   11  Collier   6  Bent  XL Center (5,623)
Hartford, CT
Regular season
11/14/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 at No. 12 Florida State*
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
W 78–76  1–0
 28  Collier   8  Collier   6  Chong  Donald L. Tucker Center (4,753)
Tallahassee, FL
11/17/2016
7:30 PM, SNY
No. 3 No. 2 Baylor* W 72–61  2–0
 19  Dangerfield   11  Collier   6  Nurse  Gampel Pavilion (9,049)
Storrs, CT
11/20/2016
5:30 PM, ESPN
No. 3 at LSU* W 76–53  3–0
 28  Samuelson   10  Williams   8  Nurse  Maravich Center (3,806)
Baton Rouge, LA
11/22/2016
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 2 Dayton* W 98–65  4–0
 29  Samuelson   11  Williams   9  Dangerfield  Gampel Pavilion (6,443)
Storrs, CT
11/29/2016
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 2 Chattanooga* W 80–43  5–0
 23  Collier   10  Williams   5  Chong  XL Center (6,090)
Hartford, CT
12/01/2016
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 2 No. 15 DePaul* W 91–46  6–0
 33  Nurse   7  Tied   10  Williams  Gampel Pavilion (6,716)
Storrs, CT
12/04/2016
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 vs. No. 14 Texas*
Jimmy V Classic
W 72–54  7–0
 24  Collier   8  Collier   6  Williams  Mohegan Sun Arena (9,014)
Uncasville, CT
12/07/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 at No. 2 Notre Dame*
Rivalry
W 72–61  8–0
 20  Collier   12  Williams   6  Williams  Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
12/11/2016
2:00 PM, FS1
No. 1 at Kansas State* W 75–58  9–0
 26  Samuelson   10  Williams   5  3 tied  Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
12/19/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 1 No. 12 Ohio State* W 82–63  10–0
 27  Collier   12  Williams   7  Williams  XL Center (9,379)
Hartford, CT
12/21/2016
9:00 PM, BTN
No. 1 at Nebraska* W 84–41  11–0
 23  Samuelson   15  Collier   4  Tied  Pinnacle Bank Arena (7,553)
Lincoln, NE
12/29/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 at No. 4 Maryland* W 87–81  12–0
 23  Samuelson   9  Williams   5  3 tied  Xfinity Center (17,950)
College Park, MD
01/01/2017
1:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at UCF W 84–48  13–0
(1–0)
 22  Collier   7  Samuelson   5  Tied  CFE Arena (4,539)
Orlando, FL
01/04/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 East Carolina W 90–45  14–0
(2–0)
 21  Collier   7  Collier   5  Williams  XL Center (8,452)
Hartford, CT
01/10/2017
7:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 1 No. 20 South Florida W 102–37  15–0
(3–0)
 20  Chong   13  Williams   8  Chong  XL Center (10,109)
Hartford, CT
01/14/2017
3:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at SMU W 88–48  16–0
(4–0)
 28  Samuelson   16  Collier   6  Williams  Moody Coliseum (3,878)
Dallas, TX
01/17/2017
8:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at Tulsa W 98–58  17–0
(5–0)
 34  Samuelson   13  Collier   8  Williams  Reynolds Center (1,391)
Tulsa, OK
01/22/2017
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 Tulane W 100–56  18–0
(6–0)
 32  Samuelson   8  Butler   6  Williams  Gampel Pavilion (9,873)
Storrs, CT
01/24/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at East Carolina W 91–44  19–0
(7–0)
 20  Samuelson   16  Williams   10  Williams  Williams Arena (2,880)
Greenville, NC
01/28/2017
12:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 Houston W 91–42  20–0
(8–0)
 19  Williams   10  Tied   8  Nurse  XL Center (12,316)
Hartford, CT
02/01/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at Temple W 97–69  21–0
(9–0)
 25  Collier   10  Collier   6  Tied  Liacouras Center (4,371)
Philadelphia, PA
02/05/2017
1:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 Tulsa W 96–50  22–0
(10–0)
 24  Collier   9  Collier   7  Chong  Gampel Pavilion (9,347)
Storrs, CT
02/07/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at Cincinnati W 96–49  23–0
(11–0)
 24  Collier   12  Collier   6  Tied  Fifth Third Arena (4,029)
Cincinnati, OH
02/11/2017
2:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 SMU W 83–41  24–0
(12–0)
 22  Samuelson   13  Collier   7  Chong  Gampel Pavilion (10,012)
Storrs, CT
02/13/2017
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 No. 6 South Carolina* W 66–55  25–0
 26  Williams   14  Williams   7  Dangerfield  Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
02/18/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 1 at Tulane W 63–60  26–0
(13–0)
                     Devlin Fieldhouse 
New Orleans, LA
02/22/2017
7:00 PM, SNY
Temple    
                     XL Center 
Hartford, CT
02/25/2017
4:00 PM, SNY
Memphis    
                     Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
02/27/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at South Florida    
                     USF Sun Dome 
Tampa, FL
American Athletic Conference Women's Tournament
03/03–06/2017
vs.     
                     Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in EST.

Rankings

Regular Season Polls
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Final
AP 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 N/A
Coaches 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
(RV)   Received Votes

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