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UConn women’s basketball team takes season opener 95-80 over Arkansas

Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers takes the floor during introductions before the season opener against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the XL Center in Hartford on Nov. 14, 2021.

The No. 2-ranked UConn women’s basketball team delivered a 95-80 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks at the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, taking down the only team that gave the Huskies a regular-season loss in 2020-21.

Star sophomore Paige Bueckers got going after a slow first quarter, scoring a career-high 34 points. The reigning national player of the year ended the night 15 of 19 with six rebounds and four assists. Seniors Evina Westbrook and Christyn Williams chipped in a combined 33 points.

The game had numerous highlights, including fast-playing blocks and steals in the second half, that kept the faithful in the game and cheering. But the Huskies also endured some defensive lapses as the Razorbacks made a push that took them from 15 points behind to within three in the second period.

The Huskies’ 19 fouls likely will be discussed in practice, but senior forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa stood out defensively, smothering the Arkansas shooters while tallying nine points and grabbing eight rebounds, seven of them on defense.

Joe Amon is a Visuals Editor II with Connecticut Public’s Visuals department. As a photojournalist he has covered breaking news, sports and long form storytelling across the United States.

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