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Women’s Huskies Hoopers Establish Dominance on Opening Game

There’s nothing that will strike fear into opponents’ hearts with a dominating performance from the Connecticut Huskies over the Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) to open the 2018 NCAA tournament.

After the final buzzer sounded, the score was 140-52 or an 88-point deficit. The score is the highest any women’s team has recorded in the tournament.

Actually, the team broke the record of 121 points with 7:26 still remaining in the game. The previous record was held by Alabama back in 1995 and that was set in four overtime periods.

The Huskies scored 94 points by halftime, which is also another tournament record.

They did it on a combination of hot shooting and paint dominance. They outscored Saint Francis 96-10 in post play. They also shot 73.6 percent in the first half but slowed down a bit in the second half to finish the game with 65 percent field goal percentage.

Huskies coach Geno Auriemma conceded that it was one of their strangest games where the perfect storm of hot shooting on their part and the fast-paced offense of Saint Francis, which resulted to more possessions, coalesced to break the record.

“The pace of the game was unlike anything that you would expect in a tournament game like this. It’s like watching one of those old Loyola Marymount games,” the coach said.  “So, once the pace was established, it just became, for us, ‘How many layups can we get? And how many open shots can we get?'”

“We pass the ball well enough and we’re unselfish enough that when teams want to play like that, it’s just not fair,” Auriemma said. “… Yeah, that first half, it looked like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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