WBB Minute - UConn hosts No. 1/1 Baylor on ESPN2

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No. 3/2 Connecticut (24-1) hosts No. 1/1 Baylor (24-1) on Monday night at the XL Center at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The teams will meet for the fourth time in the last three years, with the Huskies holding a 2-1 edge. The contest wraps up the Play 4 Kay initiative on the ESPN family of networks this weekend.

 

UConn has won 12 in a row and has beaten the No. 1 team five times in program history. Earlier this season, the Huskies took down then-No. 1 Stanford 61-35 in Palo Alto. The Huskies have never beaten the No. 1 team twice in one season, nor had the opportunity.

 

The Huskies are led by a pair of dynamite scorers. Junior Stefanie Dolson leads the nation in shooting at 62.7 percent. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads the nation in 3-point shooting at 49.3 percent. If that trend continues, the duo would be the first teammates to lead the country in shooting since the 3-point shot began in 1986-87.

 

Baylor is led by senior Brittney Griner who needs 25 points to reach the 3,000-point milestone. She would become the eighth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 points; she currently ranks No. 9 on the NCAA career scoring list with 2,975 points. Baylor also owns the nation's longest win streak with 22 straight victories, Notre Dame (24-1) ranks second at 19.

 

In action on Sunday, No. 2/3 Notre Dame (24-1, 12-0 BIG EAST) beat Marquette 87-49 in Milwaukee on ESPN2. Senior Skylar Diggins scored 23 points and Natalie Achonwa added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Diggins also passed Katryna Gaither on Notre Dame's all-time scoring list and moved into second place. She has 2,131 points, trailing only current Irish assistant coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, who scored 2,322 points during her career.

 

ND-Marquette Highlights

 

Diggins' defensive rebound with 13:01 remaining in the first half also allowed her to become the first women's basketball player at Notre Dame with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career.

 

The victory at Marquette also was a school record 20 consecutive regular-season road win, including 16 straight in the conference. Notre Dame's lone loss of the season was to No. 1 Baylor 71-63 on Dec. 5.

 

Elsewhere, No. 10/11 Louisville (21-5, 9-3 BIG EAST) beat DePaul 81-55 at home. The teams split the regular-season meetings with DePaul winning 86-80 on Jan. 5. Louisville sophomore Bria Smith had a career-high 21 points shooting 13-of-15 from the free throw line. DePaul senior Anna Martin did not play and has been sidelined since Jan. 19. The team is 4-3 during that stretch. DePaul senior Katherine Harry, the league leader with 10.7 rebounds a contest, had eight points and 13 rebounds.

 

DePaul-Louisville Highlights

 

Finally, St. John's (13-10, 7-4 BIG EAST) beat Cincinnati 75-46 at home. Senior Nadirah McKenith led the Red Storm with 20 points and eight assists, along with six rebounds. The Red Storm have won three in a row and four of their last five.

 

Cincinnati-St. John's Highlights

 

Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources were used in this report. All times are Eastern.