SAN ANTONIO (AP) — UConn did correct fine without coach Geno Auriemma.
Paige Bueckers led the advance with one other stellar efficiency.
Bueckers scored 24 points — the most by a UConn participant in her first NCAA Match recreation — and the pause-seeded Huskies routed High Point 102-59 in the first round Sunday.
Auriemma is recovering from the coronavirus and skipped over the opener. Affiliate head coach Chris Dailey stuffed in for the Hall of Famer, who is additionally going to fail to see the 2nd-round recreation against Syracuse on Tuesday.
“We correct are looking to continue to win for him so he can win out here with us,” Bueckers stated. “It’s various, I could hear Coach in my ear yelling, I know he used to be yelling at the TV and yelling at me.”
Dailey is 11-0 filling in for Auriemma over their time collectively at UConn (25-1). The Huskies additionally had been missing assistant coach Shea Ralph, who left San Antonio after one of her relatives gotten smaller COVID-19.
It didn’t obtain distinguished of a distinction. The Huskies cruised behind their superstar freshman.
“It feels obviously in actuality various no longer having Geno and Shea here,” Dailey stated. “However we’re a program that ‘Howdy subsequent man’s up’ and don’t pain about who’s no longer here. That goes the identical with injuries. We don’t focal point on that. … To this point, so correct.”
Bueckers, the third participant ever to obtain first-team All-The US as a freshman, had 13 points, 5 rebounds and three assists at the half as UConn led 53-29. She had one of the most correct debuts for storied UConn in the tourney, additionally finishing with nine rebounds, six assists and four steals. Her 24 points handed the outdated mark by a freshman of 22 by Katie Lou Samuelson.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 22 points.
It wasn’t all correct information for the Huskies. Freshman guard Nika Muhl stepped on the foot of Chyna McMichel, spraining her upright ankle in the 2nd quarter. She wanted to be helped off the court docket and her ankle used to be heavily wrapped.
She walked on crutches to the locker room at the half and used to be shown on TV alongside with her head in her fingers in entrance of the locker room. Muhl injured her left ankle in the Mountainous East Match opener, nevertheless returned for the Huskies’ recreation the subsequent evening.
“Nika’s nonetheless getting looked at by our trainer,” Dailey stated. “She’s going merit to the resort to win some therapy and we’ll know more in the morning.”
Whereas there weren’t many highlights for the Panthers (22-7), who had been playing in their first NCAA Match, they did intention halt a 3-2 lead when Mountainous South Participant of the Year Skyler Curran hit a deep 3 from halt to 10 feet behind the arc. UConn promptly answered with the subsequent eight points and the rout used to be on.
Curran led the Panthers with 14 points. The team used to be 9 for 34 on 3s, many from advance behind the arc.
“I think that used to be a chunk little bit of improv from about a of the avid gamers,” High Point coach Chelsea Banbury stated. “Skyler can knock down the deep shot, she’s been doing all of it season. Some of it used to be we had been playing UConn. We had been getting a chunk unhappy. That’s no longer necessarily the shots we need.”
UConn had a community hug outdated to the game round teammate Saylor Poffenbarger. Sunday marked the 11th anniversary of her younger brother Fordham’s dying in an ATV accident when he used to be 4. Poffenbarger, who used to be 6 at the time of his dying, wears No. 4 at UConn in honor of him.
“Correct in converse to be there for her and crowd around her and reinforce her, give her what she wishes, it correct device everything,” freshman Aaliyah Edwards stated.
Poffenbarger performed two minutes and skipped over her one shot attempt.
UConn has won 234 consecutive games against non-ranked opponents since losing at dwelling to St. John’s in 2012. Conversely, the Panthers fell to 0-12 all-time against ranked groups. Their closest loss used to be a 16-point defeat to No. 25 Vanderbilt in 2011. … UConn finished the first half with 53 points. That’s the identical total the Huskies had in their final NCAA recreation in San Antonio once they rallied from a 20-12 halftime deficit to beat Stanford 53-47 for the 2010 title.
UConn will face Syracuse, which beat South Dakota Explain 72-55, in the 2nd round.
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