GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Connecticut 88, Minnesota 58

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Christyn Williams was nearly unstoppable in the inaugural game of the women's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Williams scored a career-high 31 points on 12-for-14 shooting, and No. 2 UConn beat Minnesota 88-58.

"Over a four-year period when she's good, she's really, really good," coach Geno Auriemma said. "We're trying to get her to be consistent enough to be like that more often. If we can get Christyn to be like that that most nights we'll be a really tough team to play against."

Evina Westbrook added 16 points for the Huskies (2-0), who led 31-30 midway through the second quarter before closing the half on a 16-5 run. Williams scored the first nine points of that burst. The Huskies kept the spurt going in the third, scoring the first 16 points of the quarter.

The Huskies held Minnesota (3-2) scoreless for nearly the first six minutes of the second half.

The tournament is being played in a converted ballroom at the Atlantis resort. It was originally scheduled to be played for the first time last year, but it was scuttled by the coronavirus. Hundreds of UConn fans made the trip down to the Bahamas to watch their team play. The men's tournament will be playing at the resort for the 10th year next week.

UConn jumped out to a 12-0 lead and looked poised to run away with the game before Minnesota got going behind Sara Scalia. The junior guard started connecting from deep, hitting five of her six 3-point attempts in the first half, including a few step-back shots.

"She gets a hot hand and at a certain point you just let her go," Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen said. "She was tremendous. We cut it to one and were right back in it but Christyn Williams hits a huge 3 after that and they go on a run to end the half."

Scalia finished with 17 points for Minnesota.


UConn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Edwards F 24 4-4 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 2 2 8
O. Nelson-Ododa F 24 2-4 2-2 0-0 1-8 6 1 0 2 3 6
C. Williams G 32 12-14 4-4 3-4 1-4 3 0 0 1 2 31
E. Westbrook G 30 4-7 5-7 3-5 0-1 4 0 1 2 3 16
P. Bueckers G 28 3-7 1-2 1-4 0-6 8 2 3 0 1 8
A. Fudd 22 2-6 0-0 1-5 1-4 1 0 1 0 0 5
D. Juhasz 13 3-6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 6
N. Muhl 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 1-2 1 1 1 1 1 4
C. Ducharme 12 1-2 2-2 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 4
P. Gabriel 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Totals   200 33-53
(.623)
14-17
(.824)
8-20
(.400)
6-34 24 5 9 13 16 88


Minnesota
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Sissoko F 24 4-10 2-2 0-0 1-4 1 0 1 3 2 10
B. Helgren C 16 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 2 0
S. Scalia G 29 6-11 0-0 5-8 0-1 1 0 0 2 2 17
J. Powell G 20 1-10 2-2 1-4 0-0 2 0 0 3 2 5
G. Hubbard G 13 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 3
A. Smith 26 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-2 5 0 0 5 1 2
D. Winters 21 4-8 1-2 4-7 0-2 1 0 0 2 1 13
L. Bagwell Katalinich 12 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 2
A. Micheaux 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 0 3 0
K. Sconiers 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
C. Strande 8 3-4 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 6
G. Cumming 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Czinano 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Hedman 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 21-52
(.404)
5-8
(.625)
11-24
(.458)
5-19 11 0 3 16 17 58


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