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#11 UConn Out-Plays Villanova WBB, Leads to 81-60 Loss for the Wildcats

Written by on February 1, 2024

On Wednesday night, Villanova played UConn at the Finneran Pavilion and lost 81-60 in a painful loss. With this loss, the Wildcats now fall to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the Big East Conference, whereas with the win for the Huskies, they now improve to 18-4 overall and a perfect 10-0 in Big East action.

First Half: Back and Forth Action

The first half was comprised of back-and-forth action with pressure from the Wildcats and the Huskies. The game started to get close towards the end of the second quarter, where the Wildcats went on a 10-3 run to close the second quarter to make the score 37-36, with the Huskies taking the lead. In this scoring run, Lucy Olsen scored 6 points from two three-pointers, and Maddie Weber had the other 4 points with two free throws and a lay-up. Concluding the first half, Villanova shot 13 of 32, around 41%, while Connecticut shot 14 of 28, going 50%.

Second Half: UConn Pulls Away 

The half started with the Huskies scoring, leading them to go up with a score of 42-39 to set the tone in the quarter. KK Arnold scored the three-pointer. Villanova then went on a scoring stretch and took the lead right after, making the score 43-42, off a shot from Zanai Jones. UConn then went on a 17-6 run to make the score 59-49. Half of the points in this span were accredited to Edwards, with Nika Muhl also contributing to this run. The 4th quarter started with Christina Dalce from the Wildcats connecting on a lay-up and a free throw to shorten the lead, 61-52, but then Connecticut pulled away yet again and increased their lead to over 10 points. At this point, the Huskies had all the momentum and carried it with them. They then went on an 8-2 run to increase their lead to 69-54, and they would eventually go on to win the game 81-60. Lucy Olsen led the way for the Wildcats this game with 15 points on the night, whereas for UConn, Edwards led the team with 22 points.

Looking Ahead –>

Villanova looks to bounce back against Seton Hall at the Finneran Pavilion at 2 PM on Saturday.