UConn women a top seed again, but with some question marks

UConn women a top seed again, but with some question marks
Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, second from top left, and Napheesa Collier, second from top right, hold the American Athletic Conference (AAC) women's tournament championship trophy presented by associate commissioner for women's basketball Barbara Jacobs, top left, and AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, right, after defeating UCF in an NCAA college basketball game in the AAC women's tournament finals, Monday, March 11, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — No. 2 UConn is expected to be awarded a No. 1 seed Monday in the NCAA Tournament for a 13th consecutive year, but this one feels a little different.

The Huskies 31-2 Huskies have lost in the regular season for the first time since 2014. They also will begin play with a big question mark surrounding the health of All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who missed the last four games with a back injury. She scores nearly 19 points a game.

Coach Geno Auriemma says he understands why people might not pick his team to win a 12th national title this year.

But he’s also been encouraged by the dominant play of Napheesa Collier, who is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. There’s also been improvement from freshmen Christyn Williams and Oliva Nelson Ododa.

Williams scored 39 points during the American Athletic Conference Tournament and Nelson-Ododa pulled down 32 rebounds and blocked seven shots.


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