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    Monday, December 11, 2023

    Fudd opens UConn’s European tour with 38 in 113-37 win over Croatian stars

    UConn's Azzi Fudd, pictured during an NCAA tournament game last season against Vermont, scored 38 points Wednesday to lead the Huskies to a victory in an exhibition game in Zagreb, Croatia. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

    Zagreb, Croatia — Azzi Fudd scored 38 points Wednesday as the UConn women’s basketball team opened a four-game preseason tour of Europe with a 113-37 victory over the Croatian All-Stars.

    Fudd, a junior whose first two seasons at UConn have been rife with injuries, shot 14-for-25, 9-for-17 from 3-point range, and added three assists to lead the Huskies. Earlier in the day the Huskies toured nearby historical Samobor and enjoyed a pregame meal set by Crotian native Nika Muhl, UConn’s senior guard.

    Aaliyah Edwards had 17 points and 10 rebounds for UConn, while freshman Qadence Samuels had 14 points, redshirt senior Aubrey Griffin had 11 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists and freshman KK Arnold 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

    UConn, which led 30-8 after the first quarter, finished with 15 3-pointers, including three from Samuels.

    Earlier in the day, UConn announced in a tweet that redshirt junior guard Paige Bueckers, the 2021 national player of the year as a freshman, would not play during the European tour.

    Bueckers, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury suffered in August, was cleared for full contact last week. She also missed 19 games as a sophomore due to a knee injury.

    UConn, 31-6 last season, will open its regular season versus Dayton on Nov. 8.

    The Huskies have three exhibition games remaining on their current 10-day trip. They play against Akson Ilirija on Friday in Ljubljana, Slovenia, before meeting a team of Italian All-Stars on Monday in Baricella, Italy, and closing the trip Aug. 23 vs. Pecs, Hungary, in Murano, Italy.

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