NCAA Women’s Basketball: UConn’s Paige Bueckers Shines in NCAA Tournament, Secures Final Four Spot

NCAA Women's Basketball: An 80-73 win over Southern California in the women's NCAA tournament on Monday night. Paige Bueckers is back in the Final Four after scoring 28 points in the game and leading .

NCAA Women's Basketball (UConn head coach Geno Auriemma)
NCAA Women's Basketball (UConn head coach Geno Auriemma) – Image source: AP

Last night Bueckers defeated standout USC freshman All- JuJu Watkins. A decisive run in the final five minutes sent third-seeded UConn (33-5) into its 23rd national semifinal.

Leads all schools, 65-64. The Huskies scored 11 straight points, including seven from Bookers and a three-point play from Aaliyah Edwards, to ultimately defeat the top-seeded Trojans (29-6).

Edwards' current points total is 24, and that Final Four trip marks the most in coach Geno Auriemma's 39-year tenure. Due to injuries only eight healthy players were present. With the loss of two starters, the Huskies made 14 consecutive finals wins in a year by winning their regional final.

The text highlights Paige Bueckers' impressive performance in leading the Huskies to victory with 11 of 23 shots, 10 rebounds, and six assists. The game was played on a corrected floor after a 3-point line discrepancy was discovered, with UConn ultimately securing the final spot in Cleveland.

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Despite a shaky finish with missed free throws, the Huskies emerged victorious. USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb acknowledged UConn's superior performance, noting that they executed better on the court.

Freshman Azzi Fudd faced defensive challenges from UConn, limiting her scoring opportunities despite breaking the NCAA freshman scoring record previously held by Tina Hutchinson. USC managed to rally and tie the game at 59-59, but UConn ultimately pulled away for the win.

“(UConn) played great defense. Every time I got past the first line, someone was there,” Watkins said.

UConn faces Caitlin Clark and Iowa next Friday in Cleveland.

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