No. 8 UConn's 169-Game Conference Win Streak Ends to Nova

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports activities Author

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Villanova hadn’t crushed UConn in 18 years and the Huskies had not misplaced a convention recreation in 9.

These streaks got here to an finish on Wednesday.

Lior Garzon scored 19 factors and Maddie Siegrist added 17 factors and 12 rebounds to guide the Wildcats to a 72-69 win over the eighth-ranked Huskies, ending Connecticut’s 169-game league profitable streak that dated again to their final recreation within the outdated Massive East in 2013.

“It is a recreation that we all the time have circled on our calendar”, mentioned Brianna Herlihy, who added 15 factors and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (16-6, 10-3 Massive East). “”We are available each follow working to play UConn, to beat UConn. It is big for this system, as a result of that is the purpose – beat UConn, win the Massive East.”

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Villanova, which received its eighth straight, led by as many as 19 factors within the second half and held off a livid fourth-quarter cost from the Huskies.

“I do not assume we did something to need to win that recreation they usually did every part to deserve that recreation,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma mentioned. “They performed tougher than us; they performed smarter than us; they beat us to each free ball; they rebounded higher than us; they made extra pictures than us.”

Freshman Azzi Fudd had a season-high 29 factors for UConn (15-5, 9-1). Christyn Williams added 24 factors.

Villanova, which shot 52% from the ground, by no means trailed. The Wildcats led by as many as 15 factors within the first quarter and 41-34 at halftime.

Three consecutive 3-pointers from Brooke Mullin, Garzon and Herlihy pushed the result in 59-40 late within the third quarter.

UConn outscored the Wildcats 24-10 within the fourth, chopping the deficit to only 71-69 on a layup by Fudd with 9 seconds left.

However Herlihy hit one among two free throws and UConn, which had no timeouts left, couldn’t get one other shot up.

The Wildcats dominated on the boards, outrebounding UConn 37-21, together with 12-4 on the offensive finish.

“That is one thing we have talked about all season lengthy and simply seeing our group progress with that effort and getting themselves in place to rebound, ” Villanova coach Denise Dillon mentioned. “I believe the place we have been most happy was on the offensive rebounding finish and that simply comes right down to effort.”

UConn, which had received six in a row, together with a victory over then-No.7 Tennessee on Sunday had simply eight wholesome gamers, and simply six who noticed enjoying time.

Caroline Ducharme (12.6 ppg) didn’t gown for a second consecutive recreation with a head damage and heart Olivia Nelson-Ododa (10 ppg, 8.2 rpg) was a late scratch from UConn’s lineup with an sickness.

“With guys being out, we’re not going to make use of that as an excuse,” Christyn Williams mentioned. “Now we have guys that may play. So long as we now have 5, we ought to be able to go.”

Villanova: The Wildcats improved to 18-37 all-time in opposition to the Huskies. Their final win in opposition to UConn was a 59-56 win on Feb. 28, 2004. Villanova improved to 2-1 this season in opposition to ranked groups. The Wildcats misplaced 88-67 at No. 4 Maryland and beat No. 23 Oregon State 56-52 at dwelling.

UConn: UConn has had six gamers miss not less than two video games with both an damage or sickness and has had eight totally different beginning lineups this season. Reigning participant of the yr Paige Bueckers stays on monitor to return earlier than the tip of the yr from the left knee damage that has stored her out since early December.

Garzon suffered an ankle damage whereas leaping up and down after the ultimate horn and needed to be helped off the courtroom.

“She acquired excited, slightly to proud of the celebration”, Dillon mentioned. “I believe she jumped, got here down slightly humorous. So, fingers crossed. You hate to see these issues. However she’s robust, robust fowl, I believe she’ll be all proper.”

Villanova took a bus to Connecticut and Siegrist mentioned the Wildcats have been trying ahead to the four-plus hour trip again to campus.

“I believe it’ll be nice,” she mentioned. “I do not care if we hit site visitors, it would not matter. I believe it’ll be a very good bus trip.”

Villanova: The Wildcats return dwelling to host Marquette on Friday evening.

UConn: The Huskies return to campus Friday to host DePaul

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