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UConn women’s basketball overcomes early deficit, beats Seton Hall, 83-59, behind Paige Bueckers

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — A first-quarter scare wasn’t enough to shake UConn women’s basketball, and the Huskies remained undefeated in Big East play with an 83-59 win at Seton Hall on Wednesday.

Paige Bueckers finished with a season-best 32 points shooting 70.6% from the field. The Huskies’ star guard also logged six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. It was her first game with 30-plus points since she had 31 against No. 5 UCLA on Nov. 24 and the sixth of her career. Aaliyah Edwards nearly had her second consecutive double-double with 17 points and ni ne rebounds, and KK Arnold also scored in double-digits with 15 points.

The No. 9 Huskies (15-3, 7-0 Big East) opened the game on a 6-0 run, but sloppy offense and disorganized defensive rotations put them down 23-21 to the Pirates (11-7, 3-4) after a quarter. It was the second time the Huskies have been behind after the first quarter in Big East play, previous trailing Butler 21-20 en rout to an 88-62 win on Dec. 18.

However, shots stopped falling for the Pirates in the second quarter as UConn settled in. The Huskies outscored the home team 30-10 and held Seton Hall to zero points over the final two minutes of the half. Seton Hall hit 80% from 3-point range and 64.3% from the field in the first quarter, but UConn limited the Pirates to just 15.8% from the field and 25% from three in the second.

As the defense improved, offense came with it. Bueckers scored 10 points in the second quarter alone, and the team shot 77% from the floor and 57% on 3-pointers. KK Arnold also ended a 3-point shooting slump, hitting all of her first three attempts for nine points by halftime. Arnold had not made a three since the Huskies beat No. 21 Creighton on Jan. 3.

Seton Hall remained pesky, outscoring the Huskies 18-10 in the third quarter. The Pirates cut UConn’s lead to as little as nine points in the fourth, but UConn responded with a 12-1 run that put the game out of reach in the final minutes.