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Final Score: UConn Huskies Hold Off USF, 79-59

Despite a halftime deficit, the UConn Huskies stormed through the third and fourth quarters to finish the season undefeated for the eighth time in program history.

Ian Bethune

The UConn women hadn't trailed at halftime in nearly 500 days. Going into the third quarter trailing USF 25-24, Breanna Stewart made sure it didn't stay that way very long.

The Huskies came out firing in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to start the third quarter. Then Stewart took over, outscoring South Florida on her own, 16-14. Stewart finished the game with one of her most dominant performances of the season- 27 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds.

Together with Stewart, the Huskies shut down the USF offense. In the first quarter, Courtney Williams dominated the Huskies, scoring 12 of the Bulls' 19 first quarter points. But the Huskies adjusted, allowing just six second-quarter points and holding Williams to 3 points through the next two quarters. While she finished with 21 points, most of her remaining points were scored in the fourth quarter when the game was well out of hand. The Huskies held the Bulls to just 36% shooting on the night.

Morgan Tuck struggled to score at times, but contributed in other ways with eight rebounds and five assists. Kia Nurse had the hot hand from outside, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc on her way to a 15-point performance. Katie Lou Samuelson was limited for much of the night with foul trouble and only scored nine points.

With the win, UConn completes the eighth undefeated regular season in program history. The Huskies will now turn their attention to the AAC Tournament this weekend at Mohegan Sun. The first game will be Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game.