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UConn women’s basketball shoots past Ball State, 90-63

Nika Mühl’s Huskies got the better of her sister’s Cardinals.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Nika Mühl and UConn women’s basketball beat Hana Mühl and the Ball State Cardinals 90-63 in the battle of the sisters on Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion. Nika finished with four points, three steals, three rebounds, and two assists while Hana came one point short of her career-high with nine points off the bench.

Aaliyah Edwards notched her first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds. Paige Bueckers had 15 points on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting while Ashlynn Shade set a career-high with 17 points. Aubrey Griffin (14 points) and Qadence Samuels (11) also reached double-figures.

UConn turned Ball State’s 19 turnovers into 27 points while the visitors only managed 11 points off the Huskies’ 17 giveaways.

The Huskies got off to a shaky start and twice lost their early lead. Then the offense got rolling and put up 27 points in the opening 10 minutes — their highest in a first quarter this season. The freshmen played a central role — Shade led the way with eight points while Arnold and Samuels each had five.

After the two sides combined for 58 points in the first, the torrid scoring pace slowed. The teams managed just 24 points in the second quarter — most of which came from the hosts. Ball State scored nine of the first 13 points before UConn scored the final 11.

The Huskies didn’t allow a single point over the last 4:57 before the half and went into the locker room with their largest lead of the day to that point, 52-30.

UConn couldn’t sustain the momentum through the break. The Cardinals started the third quarter on a 12-5 run while the Huskies made just two baskets through the first five minutes. Then Bueckers got UConn going with a 3-pointer and sparked an 8-0 spurt to build the advantage back over 20 points. Ball State put up a good fight in the final period but never seriously threatened a comeback.

Next, UConn will take on No. 24 North Carolina at Mohegan Sun in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.