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Recap: UConn women’s basketball blows out Virginia, 83-44

The Huskies cruise to a comfortable victory in their XL Center opener.

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After two closer-than-usual wins to start the season, UConn women’s basketball took down Virginia 83-44 for its second-straight blowout victory.

Despite the wide margin of victory, it wasn’t a wire-to-wire blowout for the Huskies. UConn struggled to hit easy shots and missed three layups in the early going. Down the other end of the court, Virginia got its shots to fall and twice took a four-point lead over the Huskies prior to the first media timeout.

Then Megan Walker showed up. The junior, who had two of the aforementioned missed layups, scored 11 points during a 13-0 run from UConn that built its lead up to nine points.

At the same time, the Huskies’ defense froze the Cavaliers offense and held them without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes. During that span, UConn out-scored Virginia 28-1 and extended its cushion up to 23 points.

The Huskies defense didn’t let up there. It limited the Hoos to just two field goals in the second quarter and seven points total. UConn went into the break up 42-17.

There wasn’t much drama in the second half as the Huskies continued to slowly pile onto its hefty lead. Virginia didn’t mount any comeback effort and UConn walked away with an easy 83-44 victory.

Megan Walker led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds while Christyn Williams added 17 points of her own. Kyla Irwin had the best game of her career, scoring a career-high 13 points while also chipping in six rebounds and five assists.

As a team, the Huskies assisted on 21 of its 30 baskets and shot 51 percent (30-59) from the field. Defensively, they forced 19 turnovers and held the Cavaliers to 25 percent shooting. UConn tied a season-high with 83 points scored and set a season-low with just 44 points allowed.

Next, UConn sets out on a roadtrip to Ohio, starting with a date against Ohio State on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.