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UConn Women’s Basketball Beats Up UCF, 93-57

The Huskies took on a physical Knights team and came out on top.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

In a battle between the last two undefeated teams in the AAC, UConn women’s basketball conquered the UCF Knights, 93-57.

The Huskies came out with their hair on fire, ripping off a quick 8-0 run which forced UCF to take a timeout. UConn set the pace by flying up the court on the attack to counter-act the Knights’ lethargic offense.

UCF barely got the chance to get into its offensive sets. UConn used the press-trap defense for the second-straight game and terrorized the Knights for the first five minutes, forcing seven turnovers. Five minutes in, UConn led 17-3.

Napheesa Collier was unstoppable in the early minutes, scoring nine of the team’s first 13 points and nabbing three steals. She paced the team with 23 points along with nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

It took over half the first quarter, but UCF eventually figured out UConn’s defense. But even though the Knights’ shots started falling, the Huskies continued building their lead— the offense was unstoppable. UConn shot 79 percent in the first half and went into the break leading by 25.

The Huskies started the second half with five straight points. Then both teams went back and forth for a bit, but UConn still went into the final quarter leading by 28.

The Huskies got their bench involved by then. Every player saw the court for UConn today, with Kyla Irwin and Olivia Nelson-Ododa getting the most action off the bench.

Four of the Huskies’ five starters reached double-figures, with all four surpassing 15 points. Megan Walker had one of the better games of her career, notching a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield scored 17 points to go with nine assists — seven of which came in the first quarter — and five rebounds.

Next, UConn gets ready for a battle on the road against No. 4 Louisville on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

The UConn Blog is hosting a watch-party for the Louisville game as well as the men’s basketball team’s battle against UCF at the Tavern Downtown in Hartford. Admission is free and all are welcome.