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UConn women’s basketball crushes Butler, 88-62

The Huskies trailed after one quarter but eventually turned the game into a rout.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn women’s basketball opened Big East play with an 88-62 win over the Butler Bulldogs at the XL Center on Monday.

The Huskies trailed by one after the first quarter but Butler eventually cooled off from behind the arc. UConn out-scored the visitors 65-33 over the final 27 minutes.

Ashlynn Shade lit up the score sheet with a career-high 22 points thanks in part to four 3-pointers — also a new high. Paige Bueckers hung 16 points to go with seven assists while Aubrey Griffin carried over her performance from Saturday with 14 points on 5-6 shooting. Aaliyah Edwards added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Butler started the game on fire. The visitors made five of its opening six 3-pointers in the first quarter and used that to build a 21-20 lead after 10 minutes. UConn’s offense kept up with a balanced scoring effort — all six players who played in the first period had at least a point — and good ball movement, with all but one basket coming off an assist.

The Bulldogs stayed hot into the second quarter and at one point were 7-8 on threes, 4-12 on 2-pointers, and 1-4 on layups. They extended their lead as wide as six before the Huskies turned the tide.

With Butler shooting the lights out, UConn stopped allowing the visitors to shoot. The Huskies forced six turnovers in the second quarter which stalled the Bulldogs’ offense, limiting them to just two baskets — neither of which were threes — over the final 7:16 of the first half.

Down the other end of the court, UConn regained control with an 11-0 run that featured five points from Shade and four from Bueckers. The Huskies made their final eight shots of the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 45-34 lead.

Out of the break, UConn scored the first five points and kept Butler off the board for over four minutes. The Bulldogs scored all 10 of their points in a quick 1:59 burst because they then closed the quarter with a 3:43-long scoring drought. The Huskies went into the final period up by 20 — their largest lead of the day.

UConn blew the game open in the fourth quarter. It scored at will and ballooned the lead beyond 30 points before eventually coming away with a 26-point win.

Next, the Huskies will head north of the border to take on Toronto Metropolitan for Aaliyah Edwards’ homecoming game on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on FS2.