Freshman Paige Bueckers stays hot with 31 points and a dagger triple in overtime and leads No. 2 UConn wins against No. 1 South Carolina (1:55)

UConn women’s basketball trainer Geno Auriemma likes to make analogies with other sports This is how the famous response from Jim Brown came up when Auriemma was talking about the newcomer sensation Paige Buecker

Bueckers had their third game in a row with 30 or more points – something no other UConn player has done – when their 31 points ranked No. 1 lifted 2 Huskies over No. 1 South Carolina 63-59 in overtime on Monday night in Storrs, Connecticut The 5-foot-11 guard scored the Huskies’ last 13 points, including all nine in overtime, and played every 45 minutes they made 14 of 26 shots from the field and had 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals

“She’s very slow, and I say that with a high degree of appreciation,” said Auriemma. “She takes the time. She’s like when Jim Brown was running. When she gets the ball, she says,” Should I go go to this hole, to this hole, to this What is the best decision for me right now? ”She waits until the very last minute and nothing rushes her, so you can’t make her play faster than she wants to play

“When you shoot as well as her she really just has a lot of confidence in her abilities. When she can get one off she thinks it goes in. I sometimes wonder how hard she has to work because she is defensive every night Getting attention is just good “

That game didn’t become a matchup of the top two teams until Monday afternoon when the Associated Press poll was released, and 11-time national champions UConn have appeared in many of these matchups since gaining national status in Though the Huskies are 14-1, this is not a strong team like many UConns have done in the past Even Auriemma would say that

{Bückers, the No. Was 1 recruit from the class of 2020 leads the huskies in the ranking (211 PPG), supports (56 APG) and steals (26 SPG) She shoots 569% from the field and 556% from the 3-point range

UConn had a treasure trove of past superstars who have also had notable newbies over the past 20 years, including Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, and Breanna Stewart, who all went on to become MVPs in the WNBA, none of whom played with six other newbies in one Team as it is Bueckers It means that it is her team, as it was not for these other superstars as newbies. She gets a huge spotlight and so far even exceeds expectations

“She’s a player,” said Dawn Staley, South Carolina coach. “She makes big shots when her number keeps getting called”

However, if the Gamecocks hit any of the four shots they had at the end of regulation – Destanni Henderson’s jumper was short, then Victaria Saxton missed a putback, followed by Aliyah Boston’s two missed putback attempts – Bueckers would not be been the story of the night

The Gamecocks will regret their missed layups which ruined their usually fatal transition game, missed free throws (they went 8 of 15) and turnovers (21) They kept the Huskies 24 points below their season average of 87. I got into the game, kept them behind the arch to just 2 out of 15, beating them with 52-39

South Carolina finished the 2019-20 season in # 1 position, starting it in the same spot before losing to NC State on December 3. The Gamecocks’ replacement at the top, Stanford, fell after an extension in Colorado on Jan. January 17 out, and Louisville took over at No. 1 When NC State defeated Louisville last Monday, South Carolina rose to No. I again in this week’s poll

But it will be a short stay, because they made the mistakes of the Gamecocks and the big shots by Bueckers on Monday. The second 3-pointer of the Huskies came from Bueckers with a lead of 13 seconds, hit the edge, jumped high into the Air and then fell through the net

“It felt good when it left my hand,” said Bueckers, who missed her other five 3-point attempts. “But yeah, I’d say that was a really nice jump”

It was such a night for her, but it’s already become a regular thing, just 14 games in her college career [she missed a game with an ankle sprain] Bueckers also had a 3-pointer with 28 seconds against Tennessee on Jan 21 that was the dagger shot of that 67-61 victory

“It’s still crazy for me,” said Bueckers of the start of her UConn career. “Just the blessings that have been given to me, only the opportunities I’ve been given. It’s all so crazy for me that I am play here in my dream school in huge games like this one with a great team and coaching staff. Every day, every second, every minute I’m super grateful to be here “

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