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Womens basketball

Connecticut 69, Louisville 58

STORRS, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and top-ranked UConn used an early run to beat No. 4 Louisville 69-58.

Napheesa Collier added 14 points and Gabby Williams had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies (25-0), who won their 76th consecutive home game and ended Louisville's 13-game road winning streak.

Louisville (25-2) scored the first three points and UConn rattled of 19 straight.

Samuelson had seven points during that game-changing burst. By the time Jazmine Jones' reverse layup went in just before the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals were down 22-6 much to the delight of the sellout crowd of just over 10,000 fans. It didn't get much better for the Cardinals in the second quarter as they trailed 42-22 at the half. UConn's star junior had 19 points at the break.

Louisville was only able to get within 11 in the final 20 minutes. Every run the Cardinals tried to make in the second half, Samuelson was there to answer it. She finished short of her season-high 33.

Asia Durr missed her first five shots before finishing with 20 points to lead the Cardinals.

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