Collier leads No. 1 UConn to easy win over Saint Louis

  • Connecticut's Napheesa Collier (24) heads to the basket as Saint Louis' Kendra Wilken (34) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma is seen on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Louis Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. Connecticut won 98-42. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Connecticut's Mikayla Coombs (4) heads to the basket past Saint Louis' Chloe Rice, left, and Ciaja Harbison (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. Connecticut won 98-42. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Connecticut's Napheesa Collier (24) heads to the basket as Saint Louis' Evan Zars defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Connecticut's Christyn Williams makes a 3-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Louis Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson (33) reaches for a rebound as Saint Louis' Jordyn Frantz defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

Published: 12/4/2018 11:17:34 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Napheesa Collier had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points and top-ranked UConn beat Saint Louis 98-42 on Tuesday night.

The Huskies (8-0) have won 123 consecutive regular season games. Crystal Dangerfield added 18 points, and Christyn Williams had 17.

Myia Clark led Saint Louis (4-5) with 18 points.

UConn rolled to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Samuelson propelled the early outburst with a pair of 3-pointers, and Collier had a short jumper. Williams hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go in the first quarter to push the lead to 23-8.

Collier grew up in the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Missouri, and requested over 300 tickets for family and friends. She recorded her sixth double-double in eight games.

NIGHT OFF — UConn guard Megan Walker did not play due to the flu.

BIG PICTURE — Connecticut: The Huskies will go through a stretch of four successive road games beginning Dec. 19 in Oklahoma and ending Jan. 6 at Houston.

St. Louis: All 20 of the Billikens’ first-half points came from freshmen.




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