What2Watch4: 2 Connecticut at 1 Baylor

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Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will face a big test in battling for the basketball on Sunday.

The No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup between Baylor and Connecticut on Sunday night is intriguing in a multitude of ways.

Here's a stat-based snapshot of ways in which this contest is interesting from a statistical perspective.

No. 1 vs No. 2 History

This is the 48th meeting between the top-ranked teams in the country. The No. 1 ranked team has won seven straight.

Connecticut is 4-4 all-time against the No. 1 ranked team, including 2-3 on the road. The Huskies have lost their last two games against the top-ranked team.

This is the fourth time Connecticut has played a No. 1 vs No. 2 game where the Huskies were the No. 2 team. They are 3-0 in those games.

Best Starts, Baylor History

This is the first time the Huskies have been on this side of a 1 vs 2 game since Feb. 1, 2003, when they raced out to a 21-point halftime lead at Duke and won 77-65.

Baylor is 21-1 as the No. 1 ranked team. Its only loss was at unranked Texas Tech last season (56-45 on Feb. 19).

This is the third meeting all-time between Connecticut and Baylor, with all three meetings coming in the last three seasons. The Huskies have won both meetings.

Defense will be key

The Huskies rank first in the nation in points allowed per possession (0.57). Baylor ranks tied for fifth-best with Notre Dame (0.66).

However, Baylor ranks 25th in the nation in points allowed per game, 24 spots behind Connecticut because it plays at a faster pace, getting about 78 possessions per game.

The Huskies play a slower game than most teams, averaging 70 possessions per game, which ranks in the bottom 25 percent of the nation’s Division I teams.

Griner goal within reach

Baylor center Brittney Griner has 442 career blocked shots. She needs just five more to break the Big 12's career blocks mark of 446 held by Oklahoma's Courtney Paris.

According to the website, Women’s Basketball State, Griner is estimated to have blocked just over 10 percent of the two-point shots taken while she was on the floor. That is the sixth-highest percentage in the nation. She leads the nation with 4.9 blocks per game.

Also of note: Earlier this season, Griner scored 32 points in Baylor’s 94-81 win over Notre Dame. That tied with former Connecticut great Diana Taurasi for the fourth-most points scored by a player in a No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup.


Connecticut freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads the team in scoring (15.9 PPG) despite coming off the bench in all nine games. She has the highest scoring average for any player on a Top 25 team that has not started a game this season.

Notable UConn Freshman
Coming Off the Bench

The chart on the right shows Mosqueda-Lewis compared to other notable Huskies freshmen of the past.

Mosqueda-Lewis ranks third in the nation in freshman scoring, and second in points scored per minute (23.9).

She is one of only two freshmen to average double figures in scoring and have at least twice as many assists as turnovers, along with North Carolina's Brittany Rountree.