UConn women’s basketball routs Tulane

  • Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, left, goes up for a basket after a breakaway steal as Tulane's Courtnie Latham, right, looks on in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Napheesa Collier, center, shoots between Tulane's Maddison Wells, left, and Leslie Vorpahl, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, third from left, talks with player Gabby Williams, left, as associate head coach Chris Daily, center, listens in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tulane, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Tulane's Kolby Morgan, left, collides with the defense of Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Napheesa Collier, right, reaches for a rebound over Tulane's Tene Thompson, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Connecticut's Kia Nurse, left, steals the ball from Tulane's Leslie Vorpahl, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

  • Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton gestures to her team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Jessica Hill

Associated Press
Published: 1/22/2017 9:55:06 PM

STORRS, Conn. — UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson didn’t score in the first quarter and didn’t play in the fourth.

In between, the 6-foot-3 sophomore scored 32 points and the top-ranked Huskies extended their record winning streak to 93 games on Sunday with a 100-56 rout of Tulane.

Samuelson hit 11 of 18 shots to come within two points of her career scoring high set Tuesday in Tulsa .

“She makes it happen so quickly and so effortlessly at times,” said UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

Kia Nurse added 18 points and Napheesa Collier had 17 for Connecticut (18-0, 6-0), which has never lost an American Athletic Conference game. The Huskies are 60-0 in the regular season and 9-0 in the three conference tournaments.

Collier made the first shot and the Huskies led from start to finish for a ninth straight game.

But Samuelson missed her first attempts and UConn led just 19-12 after the first quarter. She found her touch in the second quarter, making three straight shots from 3-point range after missing five of her first six. She had 18 points at halftime and came out of the game for good with more than a minute left in the third quarter.

“I wasn’t really concerned about the misses or the fact that I didn’t have any points,” Samuelson said. “I just felt like overall I wasn’t contributing to the team and so I just wanted to pick it up in that second quarter. I think last year it would have freaked me out a lot more than this year. It doesn’t really faze me when I start off missing.”

UConn shot 56 percent from the floor and had 31 points off 26 Tulane turnovers.

“We put a lot of pressure on them, got those steals and translated that into offense,” said Nurse. That is an energy giver for everyone on the team.”

Samuelson had seven of UConn’s 20 steals. She also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists.

Kolby Morgan had 22 points to lead Tulane (12-7, 3-3 American). The junior guard has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, and more than 20 in her last four.

“I think she is a big time player,” said Tulane coach Lisa Stockton. “I was really excited to see her answer this challenge and step up today.


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