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Collier Leads UConn to Rout of UCF

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    Central Florida guards Kayla Thigpen (11) and Nyala Shuler (12) try to keep Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) from getting a rebound during the first quarter of an NCAA college basketball game in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Naphessa Collier had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to help No. 4 UConn rout UCF 78-41 on Sunday.

    She led five Huskies in double figures, including Christyn Williams who had all 12 of her points in the second half.

    UConn (23-2, 11-0 American) forced 23 turnovers and jumped out to a 23-4 lead over the Knights led by Collier, who scored or assisted on 16 of the first 20 points the team scored. UCF (20-5, 9-3) responded with a 17-7 run but then went into a four-minute scoring drought and never recovered.

    Kay Kay Wright scored 17 points for UCF, which didn't attempt a free throw until midway through the third quarter.

    MOVING UP:

    Katie Lou Samuelson was held without a basket, going 0-for-5 from the field but made all 12 free throws. She moved into fourth place all-time on the UConn scoring list passing UCF assistant Nykesha Sales (2,178 points).

    BIG PICTURE

    UConn: The Huskies struggled from behind the arc early on (2-for-10), but they picked it up in the second half, knocking down (6-of-9) in the second half.

    UCF: The Knights forced the Huskies into 21 turnovers, but they were only able to turn those opportunities into 14 points.

    UP NEXT

    UConn: Hosts Memphis on Wednesday.

    UCF: At Wichita State on Wednesday.