No. 1 UConn women defeat Xavier, 83-32, for third-straight road win

Alexa Philippou, Hartford Courant
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Another conference game, another rout for the UConn women as March approaches.

The No. 1 Huskies demolished Xavier, 83-32, Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, their third straight road win with two more on tap. UConn (17-1, 14-0) has now won seven straight.

Junior Christyn Williams, who finished with 22 points, matched Xavier’s point total going into the fourth quarter. The Huskies’ defense suffocated an opponent yet again, limiting Xavier to a season-low in scoring. It was also the second-lowest point total UConn has allowed all season.

Another strong defensive night for the Huskies also allowed them to get their transition game going, as they scored 27 of their points in transition.

Freshman point guard Paige Bueckers rolled her right ankle (the same one she injured in the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game) early in the first period, exiting the game briefly before coming back in and immediately draining a three. She’d go on to finish the half with 11 points and four assists, and though she went scoreless after halftime added another three assists. It was the first time since the Tennessee game that Bueckers scored fewer than 19 points and shot below 50 percent from the field.

UConn jumped out to a 26-6 lead by the end of the first before slowing down for much of the second period. But the Huskies used an 11-2 run to close the half up 42-13, tallying assists on 15 of their 18 field goals and forcing nearly double as many Xavier turnovers (11) as made shots (six). Nineteen of UConn’s first-half points were off of turnovers.

Williams scored 11 points in the third quarter to help UConn bump its lead into the 40s. The fourth quarter was the only one where Xavier managed double-figure scoring.

Alexa Philippou can be reached at aphilippou@courant.com