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Friday, January 22, 2021 1:00 am

College Basketball

No. 3 UConn women eke out win over Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Evina Westbrook, who transferred from Tennessee to UConn two years ago, connected on back-to-back fourth-quarter 3-pointers to spark the No. 3 Huskies to a 67-61 victory over the No. 25 Volunteers on Thursday night.

UConn freshman Paige Bueckers added nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (9-0). After rolling her right ankle with just over 3 minutes left, Bueckers left the court for a minute to get her ankle taped up. She returned and hit a huge 3-pointer from the wing with 28 seconds left that gave the Huskies a 66-61 lead and sealed the win.

This was UConn's first trip to Tennessee since 2006.

Christyn Williams led UConn with 20 points. Westbrook added 15 and Aubrey Griffin scored 10.

Rae Burrell scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half to lead Tennessee. Rennia Davis scored 11 and Marta Suarez and Tamari Key each had 10 points.

No. 17 OHIO ST. 81, No. 11 MICHIGAN 77: In Columbus, Ohio, Jacy Sheldon scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 48 seconds, spoiling Naz Hillmon's 50-point, 16-rebound performance.

Hillmon broke Michigan's program scoring record – for men's or women's – by making 20 of 30 field goals and 10 of 14 free throws to reach the half-century mark.

No. 18 DEPAUL 80, BUTLER 66: In Indianapolis, Lexi Held scored 17 points, Deja Church had a double-double and No. 18 DePaul used strong finishes each quarter to roll past Butler.

Sonya Morris scored 17 points for the Blue Demons (9-3, 6-1 Big East Conference).

Genesis Parker scored 18 points for Butler (1-10, 1-9), which has lost three straight.

No. 21 NORTHWESTERN 73, ILLINOIS 54: In Evanston, Illinois, Lindsey Pulliam scored 19 of her season-high 28 points in the third quarter and grabbed six rebounds to lift the Wildcats.

Pulliam scored eight points during a 10-0 run for the Wildcats (8-2, 6-2 Big Ten) late in the third quarter.

INDIANA TECH 101, CORNERSTONE 62: At the Schaefer Center, forward Erika Foy had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Kyra Whitaker added 24 to lead the No. 12 Warriors to the WHAC win.

Indiana Tech (14-1, 2-0) led by 20 after the first quarter and kept increasing its lead. Emma Tuominen scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and Taya Andrews added 13. Overall, the Warriors shot 57.4% from the floor and 44.4% on 3-pointers.

PURDUE 56, WISCONSIN 55: In West Lafayette, Fatou Diagne made one of two free throws with two seconds remaining to lift the Boilermakers. Wisconsin's Imani Lewis made a layup with eight seconds left to set the stage for Diagne, who was fouled after grabbing a rebound off a block by Lewis of a shot by Karissa Mclaughlin.

Brooke Moore led Purdue (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) with 12 points while Diagne had 11. Homestead graduate McLaughlin had seven points on 2-of-13 shooting.

NOTRE DAME 65, VIRGINIA TECH 60: In Blacksburg, Virginia, Maddy Westbeld had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Destinee Walker added 16 to lead the Irish to their third straight win.

Notre Dame (8-5, 6-3 ACC) traied by seven after the first quarter, but outscored the Hokies (7-6, 2-6) by 18 in the second quarter to take control of the game.


INDIANA TECH 66, LINCOLN 52: At the Schaefer Center, Josh Kline had 15 points and 11 rebounds and fellow frontcourt mate Rog Stein had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors to the non-conference win. Guard Max Perez added 13 points as the Warriors improved to 10-6.

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