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Evan Marinofsky | | February 9, 2022

Women's college basketball scores: Villanova hands No. 8 UConn first conference loss since 2013 in 72-69 win

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For the first time since 2013, No. 8 UConn women's basketball lost a conference game. Villanova did everything possible to end the streak on Wednesday night, beating the Huskies, 72-69.

It's also Villanova's first win over UConn since 2004. 

Sophomore Lior Garzon led the way for the Wildcats, finishing with 19 points and four rebounds. The Wildcats outrebounded  UConn by a whopping 37-21 margin. That was in large part due to the play of junior Maddy Siegrist and graduate student Brianna Herlihy, both of whom managed double-doubles Wednesday. Siegrist finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Herlihy notched 15 and 10. 

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Villanova set the tone early by jumping out to a 25-15 lead after one quarter. That was fueled by Garzon's eight points and Siegrist's seven. Even after a back-and-forth second quarter, Villanova outscored the Huskies by 10 in the third quarter. And, once again, Garzon had eight points in the frame. 

The win, however, didn't always look so sure. 

UConn threw everything it had at the Wildcats in the final 10 minutes, outscoring them, 24-10. Freshman guard Azzi Fudd accounted for 13 of those 24 points in the fourth quarter, as she finished the night with a team-high 29 total. Senior Christyn Williams was also a key cog for UConn Wednesday night, scoring 24. 

The Huskies implemented a full-court press for much of the last frame and forced Villanova turnovers. Ultimately, they fell short, ending their streak of 169-straight conference wins. 

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Villanova improves to 10-3 in conference play this season and has now won eight-straight games. UConn falls to 9-1 in the Big East this season. 

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