No. 1 UConn beats Wichita St. 83-55, stays undefeated in AAC

  • Wichita State's Ashlei Kirven, left, and Connecticut's Olivia Nelson-Ododa, right, reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) shoots over Wichita State's Carla Bremaud (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Wichita State's Shyia Smith (34) takes off with a steal while pursued by Connecticut's Kyla Irwin (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield, left, talks with Connecticut Geno Auriemma during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wichita State on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield, right, makes a basket over Wichita State's Carla Bremaud during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

Associated Press
Published: 1/2/2020 9:33:20 PM
Modified: 1/2/2020 9:32:58 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. — Crystal Dangerfield scored 22 points and Megan Walker added 21 to lead top-ranked UConn to an 83-55 win over Wichita State Thursday night, giving the Huskies their 122nd win without a loss in American Athletic Conference play.

Christyn Williams had 19 points for the Huskies (11-0, 2-0 American), who have won all 104 regular-season games since the conference was formed and all six AAC tournaments.

It took some time for the Huskies to get back into the flow of their offense after a 10-day holiday break.

UConn missed its first six shots and the Shockers (8-6, 0-1) ran out to a 10-1 lead.

But Walker took over from there. She had 13 first-quarter points and UConn went on a 27-2 run to take control.

The Huskies led 22-12 after a quarter and put up the first six points of the second period.

Dangerfield handled the scoring load in the second 10 minutes with 14 points, including a pull-up jumper just before the half to give UConn a 45-26 lead.

Mariah McCully scored 16 points and Carla Bremaud had 13 for Wichita State which trailed by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, before going on a run of its own.

The Shockers scored 11 straight points to cut into the UConn lead and trailed just 63-53 after Walker fouled out with 6:20 to play.

But that was as close as they would get. Williams scored the next seven UConn points and the Huskies closed the game on a 20-2 run.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots, giving her 50 for the season.

BIG PICTURE — Wichita State: The Shockers fall to 1-4 on the road this season.

UConn: The Huskies have won 96 straight home games, three shy of their own NCAA record.

UP NEXT — Wichita State: The Shockers return home to face Tulsa on Sunday.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Texas to face SMU on Sunday before their showdown against Baylor back in Hartford next Thursday.


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