VINCENZA, Italy - It was a new city in Italy and a new day, but a familiar result for the UConn women’s basketball team.
The Huskies Friday afternoon included a one-sided win over the Italian All-Stars.
And continuing to take it all in along with the team is a group of fans that includes Plainville’s Bob and Sue O’Dea, Newington’s Pauline Kruk and New Britain’s Natalie Campbell, Judith Ryiz and Kent Carlson.
In their third exhibition game of the trip, UConn picked by a 103-45 over the Italian All-Stars, the third straight win for the Huskies during their trip through Italy. It was a game in which UConn utilized its speed and stymied its opponent with defense, according to Carlson.
The Huskies jumped out to a 29-12 lead in the first quarter and the run was on from there. At halftime, they led the Italian All-Stars 54-22, then started the third quarter on a 22-11 run. UConn closed out the fourth outscoring its opponent 27-12.
Katie Lou Samuelson led the way for the Huskies with 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 5-for-9 from long range. Nurse’s second game back was nearly as good as her first, as she scored 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Kyla Irwin added 16 points, while Gabby Williams had 14 points.
UConn did lose Napheesa Collier during the game. She left with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Collier had seven points and five rebounds prior to the injury.
The Huskies will finish their exhibition games Sunday in Koper, Slovenia, against Celje.