ST. LOUIS - Any talk Tuesday of Crystal Dangerfield‚Äôs second career double-double for the UConn women‚Äôs basketball team brought little reaction from the junior point guard.
But mention she had no turnovers to go with her 18 points and 10 assists in the top-ranked Huskies‚Äô 98-42 win over Saint Louis at Chafeitz Arena and the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native was all smiles.
‚ÄúI just don‚Äôt want any turnovers,‚ÄĚ Dangerfield said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs probably the most frustrating thing for me. To get a double-double with no turnovers, that‚Äôs pretty nice.‚ÄĚ
Dangerfield had a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists a year ago in a win over Michigan State. She doubled her double-double total with 5:57 left when she set up a basket for freshman Olivia Nelson-Ododa. Twenty seconds later, she was on the bench for good.
With the Huskies (8-0) having only eight players available, Dangerfield got to see 30 minutes of action against the Billikens.
She went the entire 40 against Notre Dame Sunday as UConn‚Äôs win over the reigning national champion vaulted it to the top of the polls. Dangerfield was solid. But hearing coach Geno Auriemma‚Äôs assessment of her performance makes it obvious he wants his point guard on top of her game every night.
‚ÄúI asked her Sunday during one time out early, ‚ÄėAre you trying to win this by yourself? That‚Äôs not going to happen,‚Äô ‚Äú Auriemma said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think she had a great game Sunday. Tonight she had 10 assists. That‚Äôs when you know you‚Äôre playing great, when you make a lot of plays for a lot of people. Your points are going to come no matter what.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs had phenomenal weeks of practice. We have three All-Americans on our team and every night they need to play like All-Americans. If they do, I like our chances with most people.‚ÄĚ
Her 10 assists went to three teammates. Four of her passes led to 3-pointers for Katie Lou Samuelson. Three of her passes got hoops in the paint for Napheesa Collier. Three more passes led to layups for freshman Olivia Nelson-Ododa.
The 0 in the assist column was the first of the season for her.
The passing fancy was contagious. UConn finished with 30 assists on 39 field goals with Samuelson dishing out eight.
Through eight games Dangerfield is averaging career bests of 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. She leads the American Athletic Conference in helpers and her performance Tuesday raised her assist-to-turnover to a solid - for most - 2.3.
Dangerfield expects more than most.
‚ÄúThere were times that I‚Äôve thrown some passes that I should have taken back,‚ÄĚ Dangerfield said. ‚ÄúAs much as I have the ball I think I‚Äôve done OK. But I have to be better.‚ÄĚ
Her next chance will come Saturday when UConn entertains former Big East opponent Seton Hall at the XL Center in Hartford. Game time is 1 p.m. It will be the Huskies‚Äô final game before a 10-day break for fall semester final exams and their last home game until Jan. 9.