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UConn women’s basketball annihilates Tulsa, 92-34

A career game from Anna Makurat helped the Huskies to their biggest blowout of the season.

UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield (5) celebrates with Anna Makurat (24) at a timeout in the fourth quarter.
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One day after Geno Auriemma sounded off about complaints that UConn women’s basketball wasn’t winning conference games by enough, the Huskies put a vintage beatdown on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with a 92-34 win at Gampel Pavilion.

Anna Makurat broke out with a career-best 21 points on 4-7 shooting from three. At one point in the fourth quarter, she called for the ball and promptly drained a three. She played aggressive and confident on offense, contributing five assists on the day in addition to her scoring.

From the opening tip, UConn jumped on Tulsa’s throat and didn’t let up until the final buzzer sounded. It took three minutes for the visitors to find the basket and only scraped together six points total.

UConn went off on a 10-0 run to close the quarter and after Tulsa made the opening salvo of the second, the Huskies dropped another 21-straight to make it a rout by the half, 48-11. Megan Walker had more first half points (15) than Tulsa’s entire team while Christyn Williams matched the total with 11.

In the third quarter, Tulsa scored more points than it did in the entire first 20 minutes, though the game was all but over at that point. UConn’s reserves got plenty of action with everyone playing at least 10 minutes with only Christyn Williams surpassing 30 minutes of action.

Megan Walker led the way with 24 points on 9-12 shooting to go with five rebounds. After going 0-8 from three in the Huskies’ last two games, Christyn Williams found her stroke from beyond the arc, hitting 3-4 en route to 11 points.

UConn set a handful of season-highs in the victory. The 57-point margin of victory is the team’s largest this season while Tulsa’s 34 points is the fewest the Huskies have allowed. UConn made 14-23 (61 percent) shots from three — the most three pointers it’s made this year along and its highest percentage. Behind Makurat’s break-out performance and 11 points from Aubrey Griffin, the Huskies’ bench scored 34 points — another high water mark on the season.

Next, UConn will reignite its rivalry with the Tennessee Lady Vols on Thursday at the XL Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.