On Jan. 31 Fox hosted women’s basketball in the Big East Sports event. It was the first time, according to its commentators.
Led by Hall of Fame Head Coach Geno Auriemma, the UConn Huskies beat the DePaul Blue Devils, 100-67.
Coach Auriemma is no stranger to victories; he also took the 2002 UConn women’s college team to a 39 and 0 winning streak and Championship. So, navigating his 2021 women’s teams to a victory was nothing new to him.
The game was a shootout between the Huskies Evina Westbrooks, Christyn Williams and Paige Bueckers against the Devils Darrione Rodgers, Sonya Morris and #22 Allen.
The first-round recruit Bueckers was three for three by the second quarter and her enthusiastic leadership had her team hitting on all cylinders.
The big shot blocker, Oliva Nelson-Ododa of the Huskies, had an impeccable defense against the Devils, holding them to only eight three-pointers, which was a low for DePaul.
The other first-round recruit of the Huskies, Christyn Williams, was also on f ire and raining buckets. Between her and Bueckers, it seemed that whatever the pair threw up in the air landed in the basket. The Huskies entered into halftime with the lead, 47-33.
Bueckers held the halftime high with 15 points and 7 assists with zero turnovers. According to Network commentators, Bueckers was recognized in high school as the conscience player of the year. She also was known for her ability to facilitate.
At the start of the second half, the Blue Devils double-teamed Bueckers; that shut her shooting capabilities down. However, that did not stop her from getting other players into the game and using some of Coach Auriemma’s other basketball weapons in his arsenal of play-makers.
Westbrooks stepped up and knocked down a couple of quick three-pointers, stretching their lead even further. Other players got in on the action and contributed their percentages.
But it was Evina Williams who took over and captured the high score of the game with a whopping 29 points and took her team to another victory.
At The Date Of Jan. 31. The Huskies Were Ranked #3 And 11 Wins 1 Loss
Blue Devils Were Rank # 17 With 9 Wins And 4 Losses.