SEATTLE– UConn Huskies train Geno Auriemma mentioned previously this period that all good ideas concern an end after the Huskies went down back-to-back ready the very first time because March 1993.
Currently, the very same can be stated albeit concerning something of much better effect as well as even more surprising size: No. 2 seed UConn will certainly not show up in the Last 4 for the very first time because 2007 after dropping in the Dessert 16 of the Seattle 3 local to the No. 3 seed Ohio State Buckeyes, 73-61.
It’s likewise the very first time because 2005 that the Huskies dropped as very early as the local semifinal in the NCAA competition.
Ohio State will certainly show up in its very first Elite 8 because 1993.
UConn routed by 10 at the fifty percent, just the 6th time they have actually encountered a double-digit halftime shortage in an NCAA competition video game. They are currently 0-6 in those looks.
The Huskies procured within 5 in the direction of completion of the 3rd quarter however Ohio State struck sufficient shots to prolong its side back to 10 entering into the last structure. A 3 from Rikki Harris with 8:23 to play place the Buckeyes up by 16, as well as though UConn sufficed to 9 two times later on in the 4th, they could not obtain any type of closer.
Twenty-five turn overs– consisting of 18 in the very first fifty percent, off which the Buckeyes racked up 19 factors– permitted Ohio State to construct its lead. That was likewise one of the most UConn has actually spent the sphere in a NCAA competition video game because at the very least 1999-00. The Huskies really did not aid themselves by firing 7 for 15 from the free-throw line, while celebrity ahead Aaliyah Edwards played restricted mins as a result of nasty problem.
They were outscored 21-9 in the critical 2nd quarter.
” We chose the most awful day to really be doing the important things that we have actually been fighting with all year long,” Auriemma informed ESPN’s Holly Rowe going into the 4th quarter. “And also those 3 quarters, it’s all reached us.”
Auriemma’s team has actually been with a list of injuries this year. Along with 2020-21 nationwide gamer of the year Paige Bueckers missing out on the whole period as a result of an ACL injury, previous No. 1 hire Azzi Fudd was sidelined the majority of the normal period as a result of knee injuries. Still, the Huskies had actually been playing solid basketball because the schedule counted on March, likewise when Fudd went back to the court, winning the Big East competition as well as breezing with the very first 2 rounds of the NCAA competition.
Fresher Cotie McMahon lead Ohio State with 23 factors, while Lou Lopez Senechal paced the Huskies with 25.