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The UConn Huskies missed important free throws late, but were able to defeat the Baylor Lady Bears after 28 points from Paige Bueckers and reached the Final Four

UConn Huskies newcomer Paige Bueckers (28 points) intercepted a Baylor pass with 0, 8 seconds left and the No. 1 seed in the River Walk region held on to get No. To defeat 2 seeds Baylor Lady Bears 69-67, who advance to the Final Four on Monday evening in San Antonio

Baylor was in that tricky position with Aaliyah Edwards and Olivia Nelson-Ododa successfully defending a shot from DiJonai Carrington on the left baseline and Christyn Williams (21 points, seven rebounds) catching the rebound for UConn with 0. 8 seconds left Williams then one of two free throws to make it 69-67

Baylor had completed a 13-4 run with two free throws from Carrington, which shortened UConn’s lead to one with 19 remaining ticks. This happened after a 19-0 run by UConn, in which the Huskies finally took the lead met Bueckers Perhaps the most important shot of the 19-0 run with a 3-pointer to get 7:47 in the fourth to 62:55. Williams followed with a reverse layup, the UConn at 7:00 with 7:08 the largest lead in the last Frame provided

Carrington scored 22 points and added seven boards in one loss. Teammate NaLyssa Smith was good for 14 points and 13 boards

Baylor star DiDi Richards left the game 2:37 in the third with an apparent hamstring injury and UConn made a 9-2 run to close the quarter, reducing Baylor’s lead to 55:53. Richards returned briefly, but hobbled and had to walk again

Baylor made an 8-0 run from the 4:49 mark of the third to 2:55 to open his first comfortable lead of the game at 53:44. Smith scored the last four points of the run

UConn led by up to five in the second game but Baylor had the last word in the frame Carrington scored the last five points before half to bring the Lady Bears to two. She was fouled with three, made 2 of 3 free throws , was fouled again, made 1 of 2 and then Smith went to rebound after missing the second, resulting in a Carrington layup

UConn built a good six-point lead by 40 seconds and had enough time to win even more Nelson-Ododa blocked a Carrington shot behind the arch, but Carrington collected the ball, drove to the basket and finished that Play to cut UConn’s lead to 26-22 On UConn’s next possession, Smith stole the ball near halfway and paused to shorten it to 26-24 after one

UConn took an early 10: 0 lead and took the lead from 6: 4 to 16: 4 The run showed five points from Bueckers Baylor responded with a 10: 0 run of its own

Paige Bueckers, Baylor women’s basketball

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Source: https://www.swishappeal.com/ncaa/2021/3/29/22357436/ncaaw-tournament-elite-8-recap-uconn-huskies-baylor-lady-bears-paige-bueckers-christyn-williams