Bueckers leads No. 8 UConn past No. 20 Maryland 80-48 in Storrs

Published 11/16/2023 9:03 p.m. EST

STORRS, Conn. — Paige Bueckers had 24 points and six steals as No. 8 UConn rebounded from its first loss of the season with an 80-48 victory Thursday night over No. 20 Maryland.

Aaliyah Edwards and KK Arnold each scored 12 points for the Huskies (2-1). Ashlynn Shade added 10 points, and Aubrey Griffin had nine points and 13 rebounds.

Shyanne Sellers scored 16 points and Jakia Brown-Turner added 13 points for Maryland (1-2). The Huskies held the Terps to 15 field goals (26% shooting) and forced 27 turnovers, leading to 29 UConn points.

The Terps have lost two straight after falling to top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday.

The Terps held UConn without a field goal for more than 3 1/2 minutes in the second quarter and led by as many as five.

But Bueckers had 15 first-half points to lead UConn back. Her steal, layup and free throw left Sellers with her third foul and gave UConn a 32-25 lead. It was the highlight of a 20-4 run to close the second quarter, and the Huskies led 42-27 after 20 minutes.

UConn took its first 20-point lead at 52-31 on a steal by Bueckers and layup by Griffin and was not challenged after that.

The Huskies played without starting guard Azzi Fudd, who suffered a knee injury in practice.

Big picture

Maryland: The loss could drop Maryland out of the Top 25 for the first time after being in 251 straight polls, dating to the start of the 2010-11 season. That streak is second behind Connecticut’s record of 566 weeks.

UConn: The Huskies’ schedule does not get easier. UConn has games in the next month against No. 3 UCLA, No. 11 Texas, No. 17 North Carolina and No. 19 Louisville

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