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UConn women’s basketball dominates Tulane, 74-31

The Huskies’ defense completely locked down the Green Wave in the blowout win.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn women’s basketball rolled over the Tulane Green Wave on Wednesday night, facing little resistance in a 74-31 win.

For the first time in 14 games, Olivia Nelson-Ododa recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It’s her sixth of the season and her first since the Huskies’ win over Oklahoma before Christmas. Walker and Makurat both led the team with 18 points each while the freshman record five assists and five rebounds as well.

Defensively, UConn made life miserable for Tulane, limiting the Green Wave to 31 points — the fewest points the Huskies have allowed this season — on 20 percent shooting. Tulane managed just four baskets in the entire second half. The Huskies scored as many points off turnovers as the Green Wave had total, scoring 31 points off 24 turnovers.

The Huskies struggled to find the basket early on, making just three of their first 12 shots. Tulane kept it close by hitting its first three three-pointers and led 9-7 in the early going. Anna Makurat and Megan Walker propelled UConn’s offense, scoring 14 of the team’s 19 points through 10 minutes.

Geno Auriemma’s squad didn’t waste much time in the second quarter. After trading baskets, UConn went off on a 16-0 run that lasted over seven minutes to increase its lead to 20. The Huskies limited Tulane to just three baskets in the entire quarter and outscored the visitors 25-8 to go into the break leading 44-21.

The barrage continued as UConn opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run while holding Tulane to just two baskets. The final 20 minutes were a mere formality as UConn cruised to an easy win.

Next up, UConn will honor its five seniors for the team’s final regular season game at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies will take on UCF at 1 p.m. with SNY and ESPN3 carrying the game.