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Top-ranked UConn survives upset scare

  • Texas guard Brooke McCarty (11) is blocked by Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) as she tries to score during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay

  • Texas forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, center, shoots past Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay

  • Connecticut guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) shoots over Texas guard Brooke McCarty (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay

  • Connecticut forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) celebrates after scoring against Texas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay

  • Texas guard Alecia Sutton (1) shoots over Connecticut guard Kia Nurse (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay

  • Connecticut guard Kia Nurse (11) and Texas forward Jordan Hosey (5) trip as they chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay



Associated Press
Monday, January 15, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with 8 seconds left to help top-ranked UConn survive a tough upset bid from No. 9 Texas with a 75-71 win Monday night.

UConn (16-0) found itself challenged like it seldom has been this season and trailed early in the fourth quarter before scrapping back for the win. Azura Stevens scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter.

UConn earned its 102nd consecutive regular-season victory but it was in question when Samuelson missed two free throws with 15 seconds left. Dangerfield put the game away from the line seconds later. UConn was able to cut valuable seconds off the clock in the final 30 seconds because Texas had committed so few fouls and couldn’t force the Huskies to the line.

Jatarie White scored 18 points for Texas (14-3).

The Longhorns squandered late chances when Ariel Atkins missed two free throws that would have given the Longhorns the lead with 2:42 left and Lashann Higgs missed an open 5-footer that would have pulled Texas within one in the final minute.

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UConn: The Huskies used only six players and were pushed to the limit after a month of easy wins. UConn had won its previous eight games by an average of 46 points but got outrebounded and was often chasing the ball in transition against Texas’ speed.