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No. 1 UConn downs No. 5 Iowa, heads to 15th straight Elite Eight

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Christyn Williams scored 14 of her 27 points in the second quarter to lift No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 victory over No. 5 Iowa on Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game in San Antonio.

Paige Bueckers collected 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Evina Westbrook had 17, nine and 10, respectively, for the top-seeded Huskies (27-1).

Aaliyah Edwards made 9 of 11 shots to finish with 18 points as UConn advanced to its 15th straight Elite Eight round. The Huskies will face the winner of the River Walk Region semifinal tilt between No. 2 Baylor and No. 6 Michigan.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma returned to the sideline after missing the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament because of a bout with COVID-19.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.8 points per game, overcame a sluggish start to finish with 21 points. McKenna Warnock added 20 points for the Hawkeyes (20-10), who were out-rebounded by a 42-25 margin — including 15-7 on the offensive end.

Auriemma’s team gave him a treat right out of the chute, with Westbrook draining a pair of 3-pointers and setting up Williams for a layup to give the Huskies an 18-10 lead.

Williams stepped it up in the second quarter, making three layups, a jumper and two 3-pointers to push UConn’s advantage to 45-33 with 1:42 to play in the first half.

Iowa trimmed its deficit to eight points late in the third quarter, but Williams drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 7-0 surge that propelled the Huskies to a 70-55 lead. UConn put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

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