After struggling offensively against Tennessee on Thursday night, UConn women’s basketball shot just shy of 60 percent from the floor in a 98-42 win over East Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Christyn Williams led the way for the Huskies, scoring a season high 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Williams struggled from the floor in UConn’s last three contests but had no trouble getting going today.
UConn’s freshman also followed up good games on Thursday with excellent performances against ECU. Anna Makurat scored a career high 24 points on a jaw-dropping 8-of-10 game from beyond the arc. Griffin shined all over the floor with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
The Huskies started the game on 6-0 run, but East Carolina quickly recovered to tie it at 11 midway through the first quarter. UConn nearly finished the quarter on a 11-2 run, but the Pirates sunk a three quarter court heave at the buzzer.
Christyn Williams lead the way for UConn from early on, with 5-6 shooting for 11 first quarter points. By the end of the half she was up to 21 points, tying East Carolina’s total. Megan Walker also added a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double in the first half in route to the Huskies 29-point halftime lead.
UConn picked up right where they left off in the second half, opening up on a 11-0 run. Anna Makurat caught fire from three, with five makes from beyond the arc in the third quarter alone. UConn went on to ultimately allow just 5 points in the third, while scoring 29 of their own. The Huskies’ offensive and defensive intensity slowed a bit in the final 10 minutes with Dangerfield, Walker and Williams getting some rest. But, UConn still outscored the Pirates by three in the final quarter to build on the lead.
Eight Huskies scored in the win, including four in double figures. Evelyn Adebayo got on the board for the Huskies for the first time since November with a triple, and also added six boards. UConn is back in action on Monday, with an exhibition game against the USA national team at the XL Center.