Chicago, IL — The nation’s top team, the Connecticut Huskies, cruised to victory Friday night against the DePaul Blue Demons, 103-69. Also in this victory, UConn’s Geno Auriemma captured his 999th career win, and he took time to reflect on the journey.
''Believe me, where we're sitting right now wasn't part of the plan by any stretch of the imagination,'' said Auriemma.
The Huskies were led by Katie Lou Samuelson’s 20 points. Six different UConn players scored in double digits.
One stat in particular that described how dominant UConn was throughout the game: the Huskies shot 59% from the field while the Blue Demons shot 30%.
DePaul head coach Doug Bruno has one of the nation's top scoring offenses and three-point-shooting teams, previously averaging around 92 points per game. UConn held them to just 69 points.
“They make it very difficult to score the basketball,” Bruno said.
They also made it difficult to play defense. Coach Bruno had his Blue Demons in a zone which the Huskies found easy to break down with both shooting and backdoor plays.
“We’re still looking for our defensive identity. That’s what the first two months of the season are for,” Bruno said.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, earned his 999th career win after tonight's victory, as well as the Huskies' 42nd consecutive road win. Coach Bruno made it clear in the press conference that despite the gender of the athletes you’re coaching, 1,000 wins is mighty impressive.
The Blue Demons will look to bounce back Wednesday, Dec. 13 in a crosstown rivalry against the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Huskies have a 10-day break of games for finals and don’t lace up next until Dec. 19 against the Oklahoma Sooners as Auriemma seeks win number 1,000.
Wow #UCONN went off! Geno is 1 WIN from a 1000! #ncaaw #bleedblue #demandmorePosted by Swish Appeal on Friday, December 8, 2017