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Behind a herculean effort by Paige Bueckers, UConn No. 1 women’s basketball beat South Carolina in overtime, 63-59, making it the Huskies’ first win in overtime since December 2004

Bueckers made their last five shots, including a Circus 3-pointer in overtime by 10 seconds that ricocheted off the edge to level with the shot clock before falling back through the cylinder to add four to UConn and the It was her only 3-pointer of the night. She finished the game with 31 points and was the first newcomer to Husky to score 30 points in three consecutive games

The Gamecocks tore off an 11-point run in the fourth quarter and took the lead by only 1:35, but Bueckers brought UConn back with two jumpers to finish the game at 48. The two teams swapped in the last Minute turnovers what gave South Carolina the final shot The Gamecocks had four glances at the basket in the last four seconds but could not find the winning basket

Bueckers scored all nine points for UConn in overtime, including the last seven points of the game No other Huskies scored double digits Aaliyah Edwards and Nika Muhl scored eight points each, while Olivia Nelson-Ododa was key with six assists and seven rebounds played on the offensive

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As a team, UConn scored a season high of 73 shots but only made 29 (39) 7%) It only made two of its 15 attempts out of three

South Carolina star Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks with 17 points and 15 rebounds Visitors shot 368 percent off the field, only made a 3-pointer and only walked 8-15 from the free-throw line They didn’t have a single fast- Break point recorded

UConn started slowly again and only found the basket after 7:00 minutes of the first quarter. The Husky offensive mainly consisted of Nelson-Ododa taking jumpers early, which did not work well as the junior was only 1-5 off the field started

Fortunately, UConn’s defense came out with a lot of energy, forcing six sales in South Carolina in the first quarter, limiting the impact of Gamecocks’ shots to 50 percent.Although the Huskies only scored 10 points in the first quarter, they fell after 10 Minutes by just four points

UConn’s shots came in the second half, which helped the Huskies put together a 6-0 run that tied the game for the first time since the first minute.Nevertheless, UConn took the lead in South Carolina due in part to eight turnovers in the second quarter do not take over

The huskies tried harder to get the ball into play 10 points of their 14 points from the second quarter came in the color UConn also scored a lot on their defense by converting 12 Gamecock sales into six points
The Huskies took the lead for the first time at 1:02 before halftime and were ready to head into the locker room with a three point advantage after Edwards found the basket four seconds from time, but South Carolina’s Zia Cooke arrived half shot on the buzzer to balance it between 24 and 24

That shot was the game’s first 3-pointer as the two teams went a combined 1-11 from beyond the arc and 35 for a total of 4 percent

The Gamecocks jumped out of the break with two quick baskets before Bueckers finally responded. After eight points in the first half, the newcomer fell ten points in the third quarter to improve UConn by four points in the closing stages

The Huskies had to grapple with nasty problems, however, Nelson-Ododa sat down after picking up their fourth foul by a minute in the third quarter, while Bueckers got their third shortly after

UConn took a seven point lead at the beginning of the fourth day – the biggest of the day – before South Carolina responded with eleven points in a row and was four points ahead.At this point, Bueckers took the lead and scored the last four regulation points, to send the game into overtime

In extra time, the Huskies opened the scoring with two free throws from Bueckers, before the Gamecocks came back with five points in a row and gained three points.UConn was given a major defensive freeze to get a game with a ball possession that Bueckers made possible to use their magic to get the win

According to the AP’s Doug Feinberg, this was the first match of the country’s top two teams to work overtime since 1992. UConn improves to 14-1 in the season and 22-3 overall in games between No. 1 and No. 2

Next, UConn will return to Big East on Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion against Seton Hall

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