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Without Bueckers, UConn women fall to Louisville 69-64

The No. 7 UConn women’s basketball team started strong against No. 6 Louisville on Sunday, but the Huskies couldn’t hold off a second-half Cardinals surge, losing 69-64 at Mohegan Sun Arena and dropping to 6-3 on the season.

The Huskies were without four key players, including sophomore Paige Bueckers, but they held a 28-25 lead at the half after a solid defensive showing.

UConn’s offensive struggles became apparent in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter, Louisville outscored the Huskies with a smothering defense. Freshman guard Caroline Ducharme scored 24 points for UConn, 13 in the final quarter. But the Cardinals held off a Huskies comeback, hitting 3-point shots down the stretch and shooting well from the free-throw line.