UConn women’s basketball opened 2024 with a 94-50 road win over the No. 21 Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday night. But the team may be dealing with another serious injury.
In the third quarter, Aubrey Griffin pulled up while attempting to block a shot and crumpled to the floor with an apparent left leg injury. She needed to be helped off the floor and didn’t put any weight on her leg on the way to the locker room.
As for the game, Paige Bueckers dominated another top-25 opponent with 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds while shooting 8-12 from the floor, 4-5 from three, and 4-4 from the line. Aaliyah Edwards recorded her sixth double-double in the last seven games with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ashlynn Shade (18 points) and KK Arnold (17 points) each reached double figures as well.
Nika Mühl became the 13th UConn player to reach the 500-assist mark in her career by setting up Edwards for the first bucket of the game. She finished with seven helpers on the day along with five rebounds.
As a team, the Huskies shot 53 percent from the field while holding Creighton to 25 percent shooting. They also won the rebounding battle 45-29, had a 25-11 edge from points off turnover, and owned a 40-16 margin on points in the paint.
UConn dominated from the opening tip and never let up. The Huskies doubled up the hosts 16-8 just over five minutes in and led by 13 after the first quarter. Through 20 minutes, they assisted on eight of 11 shots and only missed three attempts. Down the other end, UConn held Creighton to 4-15 from the field in the opening period. The hosts had more turnovers (five) than made baskets (four) in that span.
The gap only ballooned further in the second quarter. The Huskies ripped off a 14-0 run, sparked by nine straight points from Bueckers. Even though the Bluejays scored the final four points of the half, UConn went into the locker room up 27.
Out of the break, the Huskies missed nine of their first 10 shots but still recovered to score 21 points in the third quarter — 19 of which came from Bueckers, Edwards, and Shade. In the final moments of the period, Bueckers forced an errant pass, Ice Brady saved the ball from going out of bounds and got it back to Bueckers, who slid it to Shade for a buzzer-beating layup to extend UConn’s advantage to 30.
In the end, the Huskies walked out with a 44-point win — tied for their second-largest margin of victory on the season.
Next, UConn will finish its road swing with a trip to Georgetown on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET on SNY.