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UConn women’s basketball dropped by No. 10 Texas, 80-68

The Huskies went down early and their late comeback bid came up short.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

No. 11 UConn women’s basketball fell behind early on the road in an 80-68 loss to the No. 10 Texas Longhorns on Sunday. The Huskies have lost three games this season — their most at this point in the calendar since 1986-87, Geno Auriemma’s second year in charge.

Texas jumped out to a 15-2 lead before the Huskies made a run to get back within five. They wouldn’t get any closer. The Longhorns took an eight-point lead into halftime and although UConn made it interesting in the end, it wasn’t enough.

Aaliyah Edwards (22 points) and Paige Bueckers (13) put the offense on their backs. Nika Mühl and Ice Brady both had five turnovers, while Aubrey Griffin had four.

Texas took 24 more shots and scored 36 points off the Huskies’ 21 turnovers.

From the opening tip, the Longhorns seized control and never relinquished it. They made their first six shots and jumped out to a 12-point lead to prompt Auriemma into a timeout. UConn came back with a 9-2 run to get within two possessions but the improved play fizzled out after that.

In the second quarter, the Huskies scored just two points over the final 4:59 which allowed Texas to go into the locker room on a 10-2 run.

After the break, UConn’s body language and effort sagged. The Longhorns built their lead up to 18 as a result and although Bueckers and Edwards combined to get the gap back to 10, but the hosts pushed it back to 17.

The Huskies made one final comeback bid in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. They rallied to make it a six-point game — they started 10-for-10 from the field in the final period — but couldn’t get the stops necessary to get any closer. Eventually, Texas handed UConn a 12-point loss.

The Huskies drop to 4-3 on the season. They’ll return home for the first time in four games to take on Nika Mühl’s sister, Hana, and the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday.