UCONN Wins, Florida State Loses on Monday Night

The Connecticut Huskies remain hot in women’s college basketball while Florida State lost some momentum in Monday night hoops.

Women’s college hoops featured two important games on Monday night. The No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks were in Storrs to take on the No. 1 Connecticut Huskies in one all-top-ten battle. In another, the co-No. 4 Florida State Seminoles hosted the No. 8 Texas Longhorns (rankings from AP Poll).

The result from Storrs saw UCONN improve to 25-0 on the season as they posted a 66-55 victory on their home court. Connecticut guard Gabby Williams enjoyed a career night as she scored 26 points on 10 for 19 shooting. She also went a perfect 6 for 6 from the line while turning in a double-double with 14 rebounds.

The result gives Connecticut yet another victory over a top team this season. Heading into Monday night, the Huskies had already beaten No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 Baylor, co-No. 4 Florida State, No. 7 Notre Dame, and No. 8 Texas. It’s hard to imagine a more challenging strength of schedule and UCONN remains absolutely unscathed for it. Β With four games to go in their regular season, there are no other high-ranked teams in UCONN’s path. They could very well be 29-0 heading into the post-season and right now they are crystal-clear favorites to win the national championship.

In the other big game on Monday, Texas upended Florida State in double overtime. The loss for the Seminoles was their third home loss of the season. Furthermore, it comes at a time when FSU was just starting to get some momentum. With the new Monday-morning rankings, Florida State had climbed up to grab a share of the top four as they were tied with Baylor with 703 voting points. Texas entered the weekend No. 8 so the Seminoles shouldn’t drop down too far due to the loss. However, their hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament just took a turn downward.

There’s plenty of action remaining this week. In particular, No. 9 Washington does have an opportunity to improve their ranking as they go on the road against UCLA (Feb 17th) and USC (Feb 19th). If they can notch both of those wins to improve to 26-3 then they might end up ranked above both South Carolina and FSU next Monday. Furthermore, the Fighting Irish have a challenging game this week as they travel to No. 21 Syracuse.

 

Shane Lambert