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No. 1 UConn Rebounds From Loss to Handle Houston 81-61

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Houston guard Jasmyne Harris, left, defends as Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Houston.

    Katie Lou Samuelson had 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 18 points and the top-ranked UConn Huskies rebounded from a rare regular-season loss with an 81-61 win over Houston on Sunday.

    Megan Walker had 14 points and seven rebounds, Crystal Dangerfield had 13 points and six assists and Christyn Williams had 12 points for UConn (12-1, 1-0 American), which had its streak of 126 consecutive regular-season wins snapped in a 68-57 loss to No. 8 Baylor on Thursday.

    Octavia Barnes had 15 points, Serithia Hawkins added 10 points and Tatyana Hill added nine points for Houston (6-8, 0-1).

    UConn started the second quarter on a 13-2 run to open up a 37-23 lead on Samuelson's layup 3 1/2 minutes into the quarter.

    Houston scored the next five points to cut the lead to nine on Hill's layup with five minutes remaining, but UConn finished the half with a 14-2 run to take a 51-30 halftime lead on Dangerfield's jumper.

    Houston got no closer than 16 in the second half.

    BIG PICTURE

    UConn: The Huskies shot much better against Houston and were able to find the open shooter with good passing, finishing with 17 assists. UConn controlled the paint, holding a 42-16 advantage and controlled the defensive boards. The Huskies committed 18 turnovers.

    Houston: The Cougars, who were picked to finish third in the American, went back and forth with UConn for the first quarter, but went cold from there starting in the second quarter, where they shot 4 of 13 from the field and committed six turnovers. The Cougars' 20-point loss was the closest in the seven games the teams have played.

    MOVING UP THE CHARTS

    Collier moved into eighth for rebounds with 943 at UConn, passing Peggy Walsh. Collier also moved past Diana Taurasi for ninth in field goals made, with 762.

    For Houston, Hawkins surpassed 1,000 points. Jasmyne Harris moved into a tie for third on the Cougars' three-point field goals list with 161.

    UP NEXT

    UConn hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    Houston travels to SMU on Wednesday.

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