03/01 21:13 CST No. 1 UConn ends regular season by beating Marquette 63-53
No. 1 UConn ends regular season by beating Marquette 63-53
By PAT EATON-ROBB
AP Sports Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) --- Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 19 points and 10 rebounds to
lead top-ranked UConn past Marquette 63-53 on Monday night in the
regular-season finale for both teams.
Aaliyah Edwards added 16 points and eight rebounds for UConn (21-1, 18-0 Big
East), which ended the regular season without a conference loss for the eighth
Camryn Taylor scored 19 points to lead Marquette (17-5, 14-4), which lost for
the first time in six games and will be the No. 2 seed in this weekend's Big
Lauren Van Kleunen had 12 points and Jordan King added 11 for the Golden
Eagles, who were blown out by the Huskies 87-58 last month at home.
UConn's Paige Bueckers had 30 points in that game. The star freshman, who came
in averaging 20 points, scored 13 on Monday.
UConn had been beating its conference opponents by an average of 35 points.
The Huskies led 37-25 at halftime thanks to 11 offensive rebounds and 15
second-chance points over the first two quarters.
Marquette kept it close in the second half, twice pulling the game to within
single digits after UConn built its lead to 15 points.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles had not lost since early February when they
dropped back-to-back games to UConn and No. 25 DePaul.
UConn: The Huskies, who spent the previous seven years in the American Athletic
Conference, are 157-0 in league games since falling to Notre Dame in the Big
East championship game in 2013.
UConn and Marquette are the top two seeds in the conference tournament, which
will be held this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena, about 30 miles south of the
Connecticut campus in Uncasville.
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