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UConn women’s basketball demolishes USF, 80-39

The Huskies closed the regular season in dominant fashion.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

In its final regular season game, UConn women’s basketball earned a convincing 80-39 win over the USF Bulls. The Huskies improve to 135-0 all-time in AAC play and lock in a 118-0 mark in regular season games against their soon-to-be former conference mates.

Both offenses were MIA early with neither side scoring a point for over time minutes while combining for an 0-8 start from the field. But once UConn's offense woke up, it was all over for USF. The Huskies made five shots in a row and soon went on a 12-0 run that put them up 22-4.

While the offense cruised without much resistance, UConn’s defense completely froze out USF. The Bulls made just three baskets in the first quarter and followed that up with just one in the second, which didn’t come until there were 2:50 left until halftime. USF’s offense was so inept in the first quarter that it took until the 8:17 mark of the third quarter for the Bulls to have more points than turnovers.

UConn continued to score nearly at will in the second quarter, riding a 19-0 run to a 53-14 halftime lead.

That hefty lead proved to enough in the second half as USF didn’t even pretend to make a comeback attempt. In the end, the Huskies walked away with a 41-point win to improve to 26-3 (16-0 AAC) on the season. UConn never trailed.

Everyone got into the game for the Huskies while five different players reached the 10-point mark. Megan Walker paced UConn with 23 points — her fourth-straight game scoring at least 20 points — along with seven rebounds and five assists. Christyn Williams continued her resurgence, scoring double-figures for the third-straight game with 13 points. Dangerfield also totaled 13 points to go with five assists and four rebounds. Aubrey Griffin finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Olivia Nelson-Ododa managed 10 points and nine rebounds.

UConn now turns its focus to the postseason. The Huskies will open the AAC Tournament at Mohegan Sun on Saturday at 2 p.m., facing the winner of No. 8 Temple and No. 9 ECU.