There was not a big reaction from the crowd of 7,501 at Mohegan Sun Arena — the second largest to see an American Athletic Conference tournament final — when Napheesa Collier made a 3-pointer with 4:37 remaining.
The fans knew that the top-seeded UConn women’s basketball team was already well on its way to a 70-54 win over No. 2 South Florida and its fifth straight AAC crown. But what they didn’t know was Collier’s trey made some Husky history.
The basket put Collier over 1,500 points for her career and made her the fourth player on her team with at least 1,500, joining fellow junior Katie Lou Samuelson (1,638), and seniors Kia Nurse (1,615) and Gabby Williams (1,510 after scoring 19 on Tuesday). It’s the first time in program history that UConn has had four active 1,500-point scorers.
“It shows what we’ve been able to do together,” Samuelson said. “Playing together for as long as we have, we’ve learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We know when and where to get each other the ball. It’s really cool to know that because it shows how we share the ball and how we make it tough on defenses to match up with us. You never know who we’ll get the ball to and who has the hot hand.”
Collier finished with 12 points to put her total at 1,505.
The only time UConn has had as many as three active 1,500-point scorers was four years ago with Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
For those scoring at home, redshirt junior Azura Stevens has 1,410 career points, but 938 came during her two seasons at Duke.