February 10, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Feb. 10, 2022: UCON’T WIN THEM ALL — Villanova ends longest DI conference win streak

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Happy Thursday — the workweek’s almost passed! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 93 of college basketball is here, following Villanova bringing UConn’s DI conference-winning-streak record to an end; the Huskies had won 145-straight conference games across the Big East, AAC, and Big East again. The last time UConn lost a conference game, the leading scorers were Kayla McBride, Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson, Jewell Loyd, and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

In fact, the only other times the Huskies have dropped conference games in the Her Hoop Stats era (since 2009) came in 2012 and 2013. The conference rivals UConn has lost to in that span have been Notre Dame (seven times), St. John’s, and now Villanova.

W Roundup

Free agency

  • Kysre Gondrezick: Signed with Chicago for a lower-minimum deal, per Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Jazmine Jones: Claimed off waiver by Indiana, per Rachel Galligan.
  • Allie Quigley: Is close to returning to Chicago, per Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV.
  • Kamiah Smalls: Signed a training-camp deal with Chicago, per Galligan. The point guard has 100 career minutes to her name, having played seven games for the Fever in the Wubble.

Visit our offseason trackers page to see all the other free agent moves, how they affect team’s caps, and more — in neat, colorful fashion!

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Watch List, Thursday, Feb. 10

Must-watch

#17 Georgia @ #14 LSU, 8:30 p.m., SEC Network

Good games

RV* Nebraska @ #21 Ohio State, 7 p.m., FS1

Also watchable

Florida State @ RV Duke, 6 p.m., ACC Network Extra

Mizzou @ #13 Tennessee, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

#11 Georgia Tech @ RV Virginia Tech, 8 p.m., ACC Network Extra

Sickos games

Wake Forest @ Clemson, 2 p.m., ACC Network

Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television (or national streaming)

#4 Michigan @ Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., BTN

Wednesday, Feb. 9 recap

#2 Stanford: 82-59 win over Oregon State. Trailed in the mid-second quarter, then won the next 22 minutes 54-26. Shot 44.9% from the field, but were out-shot from three by 13.0%; allowed just five offensive boards; notched 11 steals, part of 17 forced turnovers; only committed six turnovers. Off-ball guard Hannah Jump led with 19 points on 5-for-12 from three (1-3 from two), four rebounds, and no turnovers in 27 bench minutes in her second game back from COVID; backup center Fran Belibi notched 16 points on 7-for-11 FG and five rebounds (three offensive) in 17 minutes; wing Lexie Hull had 11 points on 5-for-8 from the field (1-3 3pt.), three rebounds, two assists, and three steals; center Cameron Brink tallied 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting and three assists; point wing Haley Jones returned from a two-game absence for COVID protocols, finishing with eight points on 3-for-5 FG, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 23 minutes.

TDB Cameron Brink Foul Watch: Three fouls in 18 minutes today; 5.0 fouls per 40 minutes (14th percentile, per Her Hoop Stats), 6.1% foul percentage (13th percentile) for the season.

#7 Indiana: 93-61 win over Illinois. Won the first quarter 28-8. Combo guard Ali Patberg led with 26 points on 9-for-15 from the field and 4-for-9 from three and two assists; big Aleksa Gulbe notched 18 points on 5-for-10 from the field (1-3 3pt.) and 7-for-8 from the line, seven rebounds, and two turnovers; point guard Grace Berger had 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals against two turnovers; combo guard Kaitlin Peterson — the composite^ No. 62 freshman in the country — scored 11 points on 3-for-4 from three (1-3 from two) in 18 minutes — all career-highs; big Kiandra Browne fouled-out in 24 minutes, finishing with six points on 3-for-4 FG, six rebounds, and three assists; big wing Chloe Moore-McNeil committed four fouls in 28 minutes, finishing with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting.

#8 UConn: 72-69 loss to Villanova, the Huskies’ first loss in 146 conference games, per ESPN Stats & Info. Trailed by as many as 19 in the late third quarter, going down 15 before the end of the first. The teams combined to shoot 50.0% from the field and 47.6% from three; UConn was out-rebounded by 16; committed 17 fouls. Combo guard Azzi Fudd again set a career-high, this time leading with 29 points on 11-for-20 from the field and 4-for-8 from three, four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks without sitting; combo guard Christyn Williams scored 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting (4-5 3pt.) with three rebounds, two steals, and no turnovers while playing all 40; big Aaliyah Edwards fouled out in 30 minutes, finishing with four points, two assists, three blocks, and three turnovers; point guard Nika Mühl committed four fouls in 37 minutes; wing Evina Westbrook committed four fouls in 33 minutes. Off-ball guard Caroline Ducharme missed her second-straight game for precautionary measures for a (possible?) head injury; center Olivia Nelson-Ododa missed a game for the first time in her career, informing the coaching staff in pregame she wasn’t feeling well enough to play.

#10 Baylor, RV Kansas State: The Bears clobbered the Wildcats 95-50. Baylor won the middle half 60-24. The Bears shot 24.7% better from three, 36.5% better from three, and 26.4% better from the line; out-rebounded K-State by 20; assisted on 30 of its 35 buckets; the teams combined for 38 fouls. Point guard Jordan Lewis led Baylor with 24 points on 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 from three, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two blocks without a turnover; center Queen Egbo notched a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double on 8-for-14 FG with six offensive boards and three assists against two turnovers and four fouls in 31 minutes; big NaLyssa Smith scored 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting with seven rebounds against two turnovers and four fouls in 28 minutes; combo guard Sarah Andrews fouled-out in 31 minutes, finishing with 19 points on 7-for-11 from the field and 5-for-7 from three, four rebounds, and seven assists against two turnovers.

TDB Baylor 3-Point Shooting Watch: 11-for-19, 57.9% today; 161-for-450, 35.8% for the season (93th percentile in accuracy and 79th in volume, per Her Hoop Stats).

Since dropping their first conference game to Kansas State, the Bears have gone 7-2, losing only to Big 12-leading Oklahoma twice, by an average of 3.5 points. Across that span, Baylor’s backcourt:

Sarah Andrews: 14.2 pts on 47.3% fg% and 46.3% 3p%, 4.3 ast, 1.6 stl, 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio

Ja’Mee Asberry: 11.2 pts on 43.2% fg% and 46.6% 3p%, 2.0 ast, 1.2 stl, 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio

Jordan Lewis: 9.9 pts on 41.5% fg% and 41.4% 3p%, 5.7 ast, 1.1 stl, 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio

#15 Maryland: 70-43 win over Wisconsin. Won the first quarter 22-8. Big Angel Reese led with 19 points on 7-for-12 from the field (0-1 3pt.) and 5-for-9 from the line, nine rebounds (six offensive), two assists, and three blocks against three turnovers; combo forward Chloe Bibby had 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting (3-6 3pt.), three rebounds, a career-high five steals, and two turnovers; combo guard Shyanne Sellers tallied 11 points on 4-for-9 FG (2-5 3pt.), five rebounds, four steals, and a career-high two blocks against a career-high-tying four turnovers; wing Diamond Miller notched 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting (0-3 3pt.), three rebounds, and seven assists against three turnovers. Point guard Ashley Owusu remained out with an ankle injury, but progressed out of a walking boot, per Testudo Times’ Ben Dickson.

TDB Angel Reese Foul Watch: Three fouls in 32 minutes today; 12th-most fouls in the country; 4.6 fouls per 40 minutes (18th percentile), 5.5% foul percentage (19th percentile, per Her Hoop Stats) for the season.

#16 Texas: 61-56 win over Texas Tech. Shot 4.7% worse overall, but forced 18 turnovers and 17 fouls. Trailed as late as 7:50 in the fourth quarter. Wing Joanne Allen-Taylor led with 14 points on 4-for-14 shooting (2-5 3pt.) and three steals without a turnover or foul; off-ball guard Audrey Warren had 12 points on 5-for-13 FG (0-2 3pt.), six rebounds (four offensive), three assists, and three steals against five turnovers in 37 minutes off the bench; center Lauren Ebo committed four fouls in 28 minutes, finishing with eight points on 3-for-7 from the field and six rebounds in 28 minutes; point guard Rori Harmon notched eight points on 2-for-10 shooting (0-2 3pt.), four rebounds, five assists, and two steals against two turnovers.

#22 FGCU: 63-53 win over North Alabama. Trailed in the late second quarter. The teams combined to shoot 35.8% from the field and 30.2% from three; drew 20 fouls. Point guard Tishara Morehouse led with 19 points on 6-for-10 from the field (3-4 3pt.) and six rebounds against four turnovers in 27 minutes; off-ball guard Kendall Spray notched 13 bench points on 4-for-8 shooting (2-4 3pt.) and six rebounds against two turnovers; combo guard Karli Seay had 12 points on 4-for-9 FG (0-2 3pt.), two rebounds, and two turnovers; combo guard Kerstie Phills tallied 10 points on 4-for-11 from the field and 2-for-6 from three, seven rebounds (five offensive), and two blocks.

#24 Oregon: 83-30 decimation of Washington State, covering Her Hoop Stats’ spread by 45.5 points. Won the second half 43-18. Shot 50.8% overall while holding the Cougars to 17.5% from the field and 10.3% from three; had a +20 rebounding margin; committed only six turnovers and nine fouls. Point guard Endyia Rogers led with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting (3-4 3pt.), six rebounds, and three assists; point guard Te-Hina Paopao had 14 points on 5-for-12 from the field and 2-for-6 from three, six rebounds, and four assists without a turnover; center Sedona Prince started and finished with 12 points in 16 minutes on 5-for-6 FG, eight rebounds, three blocks, three fouls, and no turnovers.

#25 Iowa: 88-78 win over Minnesota. Led by only one in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Shot 50.0% from the field and 44.4% from three while allowing 39.1% and 40.9%, respectively; drew 20 fouls. Point guard Caitlin Clark led with 32 points on 10-for-20 from the field, 4-for-8 from three, and 8-for-11 from the line, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals against two turnovers; center Monika Czinano had 23 points on 10-for-19 FG and five rebounds against three turnovers; off-ball guard Tomi Taiwo continued to start in place of the injured McKenna Warnock, finishing with 14 points on 3-for-5 from the field (2-3 3pt.) and 6-for-6 from the line, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 36 minutes— tying career-highs in points, total and offensive rebounds, free throw attempts and makes, and minutes; Gabbie Marshall played after missing the prior two games with a shoulder injury, playing 33 minutes to tally 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting (0-2 3pt.), seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Warnock won’t be re-evaluated for another couple days, meaning she could possibly play in the team’s next game, against Maryland on Monday.

UCF: 54-44 win over Houston. The AAC leader trailed at halftime after scoring only 19 first-half points, then won the second half 35-20.

Buffalo: 93-68 win over Eastern Michigan. Point guard Dyaisha Fair led all scorers Wednesday with 38 points on 13-for-21 form the field, 5-for-6 from three, and 7-for-9 from the line, plus five rebounds, five assists, and two steals against two turnovers in 35 minutes.

Cancellations

  • Ball State v. Ohio

Alas, COVID’s still here. Who would have guessed, what with so many of our appointed Thought Leaders declaring that it’s time to move on from COVID restrictions.

*Receiving Votes
^Composite rankings are drawn from an aggregation of ESPN, Blue Star, Prep Girls, ASGR, and Prospects Nation

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

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