No. 3 UConn routs Duke 78-50, advances to Phil Knight Legacy championship game

Nov 20, 2022; Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Lou Lopez-Senechal (11) dribbles the ball against North Carolina State Wolfpack wing Jakia Brown-Turner (11) during the second half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2022; Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Lou Lopez-Senechal (11) dribbles the ball against North Carolina State Wolfpack wing Jakia Brown-Turner (11) during the second half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports / © Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lou Lopez-Senechal scored 23 points and No. 3 UConn routed Duke 78-50 in the semifinal round of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament on Friday.

Aaliyah Edwards added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Azzi Fudd scored 14 points to help the Huskies (4-0) remain undefeated on the season.

Shaeyann Day-Wilson led the Blue Devils (5-1) with 15 points, and Elizabeth Balogun contributed 14 off the bench.

The Huskies built up a 41-29 halftime lead behind 13 points from Lopez-Senechal, who knocked down three 3-pointers during the opening two periods.

UConn only added to the lead in the second half, holding as much as a 30-point advantage over Duke as the half progressed.

The Huskies shot the lights out from 3-point range, shooting 46.2% on 13 attempts. All six of their 3-point makes came from Lopez-Senechal, who made four, and Fudd, who hit two.

The Blue Devils shot just 33.3% from the field as a team on the night and turned the ball over 14 times while committing 18 personal fouls to UConn’s 11.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: With a dominant performance across the board, the Huskies remained undefeated and proved they’re more than worthy of their top-3 ranking as they advanced to the PKL championship game.

Duke: The Blue Devils picked up their first loss of the season in dispiriting fashion, unable to keep up with the Huskies’ shooting.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies face the winner of Friday’s Oregon State-Iowa game in the PKL championship game on Saturday.

Duke: The Blue Devils will play the loser of Friday’s Oregon State-Iowa game in a Sunday consolation game.