UConn women's basketball loses to Slovenia's Celje in final exhibition game

Published on Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:52
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KOPER, Slovenia - What started out as a close game between the UConn women’s basketball team and the Slovenian pro team Celje ended in a one-side affair.

And as they have done throughout the trip, taking 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.

Despite a slight one-point lead at the half, the Huskies closed out their four-game exhibition tour with a 79-59 loss Sunday afternoon local time. In the second half Celje “turned it on” and beat UConn in almost every facet of the game, according to Carlson.

Celje is coming off Slovenian League and Adriatic League titles. UConn finished their exhibition games with a 3-1 record.

The Huskies jumped out to a 22-17 lead after the first quarter, but never led another quarter. They were outscored 19-15 in the second and 47-22 after the break. UConn shot 32 percent from the floor, Celje 54. The Huskies were also outrebounded 51-32.

Katie Lou Samuelson led the way for UConn with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, but was just 1-for-6 from long range. She missed the second half with an injury. Freshman Megan Walker finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting and pulling down 10 boards. Gabby Williams had 12 points and five assists. Those were the only three Husky players to reach double-figures. Crystal Dangerfield had six points and six assists.

Celje’s top two scorers, meanwhile, dropped 41 and 34 points respectively.

UConn’s trip continues with a return to Italy where the team will spend a couple of days in Venice before returning state side on Wednesday.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:52. Updated: Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:55.