HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Aaliyah Edwards scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 4 UConn opened up a close game in the second half to beat Georgetown 65-50 on Sunday.
But the Huskies, who were forced to postpone a game a week ago because of a lack of healthy players, saw leading scorer Azzi Fudd go down in the first half when she appeared to reinjure her right knee. Fudd was playing in just her second game back after missing the previous eight after hurting that knee in December.
“She just tweaked something and they got some ice on it,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma told television network SNY after the game. “It didn’t sound serious at all.”
The Huskies led by one point at the half, but opened the third quarter on an 20-3 run to take control of the game. They led 44-31 after three quarters and used a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to go up 65-41 and put the game away.
Dorka Juhasz had 13 points for the Huskies (15-2, 8-0 Big East), and Nika Muhl and Lou Lopez Senechal each added 12.
Brianna Scott led Georgetown (8-9, 1-7) with 11 points. Georgetown was up 13-11 after a quarter, forcing seven turnovers and keeping UConn without a basket for over six minutes.
Fudd broke another UConn scoring drought with a 3-pointer from the right baseline that put the Huskies back in front 14-13.
But she left the court with about 3 minutes left in the half after colliding with Georgetown’s Ariel Jenkins. She came back after halftime with a bag of ice on her right knee and did not play.
Georgetown: The Hoyas forced 23 UConn turnovers and held the Huskies to just 41.3% shooting. But the Hoyas shot just 32.2%
UConn: The Huskies have won 18 straight Big East games. Coach Geno Auriemma coached his second game back after missing several games flu-like symptoms. He said Saturday that the death of his mother in December and has changed his perspective when it comes to basketball.
“I’ve coached for 35, 40 years thinking that if we don’t win the national championship I’m going to get fired, that’s not a healthy way to live,” he said Saturday.
Georgetown: Return home to play DePaul on Wednesday.
UConn: Head to New Jersey to face Seton Hall on Tuesday night.
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