How to watch No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 3 UConn
The No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team (13-1, 11-0 BIG EAST) faces its toughest matchup of the season as the Huskies host No. 2 South Carolina (15-1, 10-0 SEC) on Monday at 7 p.m. The game will air on FS1 and 97-9 ESPN.
Monday is UConn’s annual Pink Game. Fans can print off the Huskies’ Pink Poster to show support for who they stand for in the fight against breast cancer.
WHEN: You can watch No. 2 South Carolina and Aaliyah Boston
Date: Monday, Feb. 8.
No. 3 UCONN vs. No. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA
Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs
Records: UConn 13-1 (11-0, Big East); South Carolina 15-1 (10-0, SEC)
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Available via the FOX Sports app (FoxSportsGo.com)
Radio: UConn Sports Network (97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford, WAVZ 1300 AM, WICC 600 AM, WINE 940 AM, WGCH 1490 AM, WILI 1400 AM)
Watch: Live Stream
HOW TO WATCH ON TV: The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1
UConn is coming off an 87-58 win at Marquette last Friday. Freshmen Paige Bueckers led the Huskies with 30 points while junior Christyn Williams added 18. Bueckers scored a season-high six three pointers and went 12-for-18 from the field. In her third career start, freshman Nika Mühl notched eight points, seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals. UConn made 27 assists on 35 field goals vs. the Golden Eagles.
Bueckers leads UConn in points, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage. She is averaging 27.8 points in her last four games and has shot 76.0 percent from three (19-for-25) in that span. Bueckers scored 32 and 30 points in the last two games, respectively, becoming the first UConn freshman with back-to-back 30-point games.
UConn is 8-1 all-time vs. South Carolina. The Gamecocks won their first game in the series, 70-52, last season in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina has won 12 straight games, including a 77-58 win over Auburn last Thursday. Zia Cooke leads the Gamecocks with 15.8 points per game. Aliyah Boston is averaging 14.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. South Carolina ranks second nationally in blocks per game (7.4) and third in rebounds per game (50.31). Head coach Dawn Staley is in her 13th season.
South Carolina is the third SEC team the Huskies will face this season. UConn notched a 67-61 win over No. 25 Tennessee on Jan. 21 and fell to No. 19 Arkansas, 90-87, on Jan. 28.
The South Carolina-UConn series includes the nation’s top-ranked team for the eighth time tonight with the Gamecocks carrying the title for the third time.
This is the Gamecocks’ third trip to Gampel Pavilion under head coach Dawn Staley. Their most recent visit was a 66-55 UConn victory on Feb. 13, 2017, meaning no current Gamecock has played in the building prior to tonight.
This is South Carolina’s fourth road game in its last five outings.
History lesson: After eight consecutive double-digit losses to begin the series, South Carolina finally got the better of UConn last year, beating the Huskies 70-52 at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 1 at the time, and maintained that position through the final poll.
PLAYER POS. PPG
Zia Cooke G 16.2
Destanni Henderson G 11.7
Brea Beal G 8.8
Victaria Saxton F 10.3
Aliyah Boston C 13.7
PLAYER POS. PPG
Paige Bueckers G 20.4
Nika Muhl G 4.1
Christyn Williams G 16.8
Evina Westbrook G 11.3
Olivia Nelson-Ododa C 13.5
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
Destanni Henderson — junior guard
Zia Cooke — sophomore guard
Brea Beal — sophomore guard
Victaria Saxton — junior forward
Aliyah Boston — sophomore forward
Paige Bueckers — freshman guard
Christyn Williams — junior guard
Evina Westbrook — junior guard
Aaliyah Edwards — freshman forward
Olivia Nelson-Ododa — junior forward
Points scored per game: 82.1 (11th nationally)
Points allowed per game: 58.9 (49th)
Field goal percentage: 46.1% (24th)
3-point percentage: 35.2% (42nd)
Free throw percentage: 65.3% (263rd)
Rebounds per game: 50.3 (3rd)
Steals per game: 7.6 (167th)
Blocked shots per game: 7.4 (1st)
Points scored per game: 87.1 (3rd nationally)
Points allowed per game: 54.4 (14th)
Field goal percentage: 53.3% (1st)
3-point percentage: 37.4% (13th)
Free throw percentage: 70.0% (171st)
Rebounds per game: 41.1 (46th)
Steals per game: 9.7 (40th)
Blocked shots per game: 5.7 (12t
South Carolina vs. UConn previews from both schools
13-1 UConn has cruised through the Big East with an 11-0 record but faced their first blemish of the season when they took on the road to face SEC foe Arkansas on Jan. 28. South Carolina will be the Huskies’ third SEC test his season, including their nail-biting win over Tennessee on Jan. 21.
As of now, the Gamecocks will be the Huskies’ last out of conference matchup and will resume Big East play until the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
The Huskies are led by freshman guard Paige Bueckers — who averages 20.4 points per game. Bueckers is coming off of an incredible 30 point performance in UConn’s win against Big East foe Marquette on Friday, 87-58.
Bueckers is one of four Huskies who puts up double figures in UConn’s offense, along with Christyn Willams (16.8 ppg), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (13.5 ppg) and Evina Westbrook (11.3 ppg). UConn is No. 4 in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 87.1 points per game.
What to watch for
1. Olivia Nelson-Ododa vs. Aliyah Boston
One of the most vital matchups in what should be an intense game will take place in the post, where two 6-foot-5 young stars will be battling for supremacy. Nelson-Ododa and Boston were both ranked in the top five of their recruiting class and both had UConn and South Carolina among their finalists.
2. Slowing Megan Walker
UConn’s top scorer is junior forward Megan Walker, a former No. 1 recruit in the nation — she’s averaging 19.5 points per game, shooting 45.9% from the field and 42.5% from 3-point range. She also averages 8.95 rebounds and 3.09 assists per contest. So how does Dawn Staley plan on taking her out of the game?
3. Offense, offense, offense
Right now, South Carolina is averaging 83.4 points per game, compared to 78.3 for UConn. The Gamecocks have never had a higher-scoring offense than UConn under Dawn Staley, and that could be crucial Monday — in their two losses, the Huskies gave up 74 points each time, tied for second most on the season.