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    Friday, February 03, 2023

    No. 3 UConn women rally past No. 9 Iowa to win Phil Knight Legacy title

    UConn forward Lou Lopez-Senechal (11) and guard Nika Muhl celebrate winning the championship over Iowa 86-79 in an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
    UConn guard Nika Muhl, left, and guard Azzi Fudd react after a basket against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy Championship in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
    Uconn women's basketball team pose with Nike founder Phil Knight (left) after winning the championship over Iowa 86-79 in an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
    UConn forward Aaliyah Edwards (3) dribbles between Iowa forward Monika Czinano, left, and forward McKenna Warnock during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Legacy Championship in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Portland, Ore. — Azzi Fudd scored 24 points to rally No. 3 UConn past No. 9 Iowa 86-79 Sunday in the championship game of the first Phil Knight Legacy women's tournament.

    "It really was difficult to play against these guys," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I don't think we felt really good about ourselves at halftime. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really took control of the game."

    Fudd had plenty of help, with Aaliyah Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds) and three other Huskies (5-0) scoring in double-figures. Edwards was named MVP of the tournament.

    Iowa (5-2) star Caitlin Clark had 25 points, and Kate Martin added 20.

    Edwards got UConn off to a strong start, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20-14 edge.

    Clark and the Hawkeyes then surged with a 13-2 run to begin the second quarter and led 41-35 at halftime. Clark scored 17 points in the first half.

    Martin hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter for a 52-41 lead, but UConn countered with 11 straight points and led 61-57 entering the fourth.

    Iowa opened the final quarter with nine straight points for a 66-61 lead, but the Huskies countered and pulled away in the middle of the period, leading 79-70 after Carolina Ducharme's 3-pointer with 3:42 left.

    "Azzi Fudd really came to life in that third quarter," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "I was really pleased with our first half. If it wasn't for that third quarter, but yes, we play four. And we missed some shots in the fourth quarter that we usually make."

    Notes

    Iowa: Iowa dominated the battle of the 3-point line for much of the game. The Hawkeyes made 13 3-pointers to only eight for UConn.

    UConn: Sunday was a tale of two halves for Fudd. Fudd started the game 1 for 8 from the field but was red-hot in the second half, going 9 for 11.

    Up next

    Iowa: The Hawkeyes will host N.C. State on Thursday.

    UConn: The Huskies will host Providence on Friday.

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