Women’s College Roundup: Top-ranked Connecticut survives upset scare from No. 9 Texas, 75-71

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The evidence of the dogfight top-ranked UConn found itself in was the purplish bruise that had halfway closed Katie Lou Samuelson’s left eye.

The shiner was courtesy of a tough Texas elbow shortly after tipoff that served notice that unlike most of this season, the Huskies weren’t going to get anything easy from the No. 9 Longhorns.

Samuelson shook off the early pop to the face to score 19 points, and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with 8 seconds left as the Huskies survived an upset bit to earn a 75-71 win Monday night and stay unbeaten.

UConn (16-0) was challenged like it seldom has been this season and trailed early in the fourth quarter before scrapping back for the win. Azura Stevens scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter.

“I got this right within the first few minutes,” Samuelson said of her swollen eye . “We knew it was going to be a tough game, really physical.”

UConn’s 102nd consecutive regular-season victory was in question when Samuelson missed two free throws with 15 seconds left. Dangerfield put the game away from the line seconds later. UConn had made all 15 free throws before Samuelson’s surprising miss. After the victory, she joked that her swollen eye made it hard to see the basket.

“I’m just going to blame it on that,” Samuelson said.

Dangerfield saw the rim perfectly, calmly swishing both of her shots. Earlier, she had made a key assist on a basket by Stevens.

“I’ve done it so many times [in practice],” Dangerfield said. “I remembered what it felt like and saw it through the basket.”

Jatarie White scored 18 points for Texas (14-3). Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins each scored 14 for the Longhorns.

No. 23 Green Bay 60, IUPUI 34

INDIANAPOLIS — Allie LeClaire scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, Jessica Lindstrom had 15 and Green Bay handed IUPUI its first Horizon League loss.

The Phoenix (15-2, 5-1), who have won four straight, join the Jaguars (13-4, 5-1), who had won five straight, and Wright State in a first-place tie.

The Phoenix finished at 51 percent shooting, making half of its 12 3s, while the Jags went 2 of 19 from distance and shot 25 percent.

By Paul Wager

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