The reigning NCAA Womens Champions keep their quest to repeat alive, they beat the UCLA Bruins 86-71 in their Sweet 16 matchup. Huskies center Napheesa Collier had a monster night, finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists. A very efficient performance on a night when her team wasn’t at it’s best.
The Bruins got off to a good start with a 9-0 run to start the game. It never bothered the sold out crowd at Webster Bank arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut that didn’t waver in their team one bit. The Huskies used their defense to get started and didn’t look back.
Jordan Canada is the real deal, she fouled out late but caused a ton of trouble before then. The Huskies didn’t have anybody on their roster that could stay in front of her one-on-one. The diminutive guard finished with 20 points and 11 assists, but the length of Connecticut bothered her a bit, especially at the rim. Kyle Korver’s younger sister Kari definitely made an impact for UCLA, the sharp shooter went 5-of-11 from deep. Monique Billings was extremely active in the paint, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
While Collier definitely deserves credit for her big night, but her post partner had an outing as well. Gabby Williams did a bit of everything, finishing with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Huskies struggled to execute late on the offensive end, they even managed to miss free throws down the stretch. Still, Connecticut heads into Monday’s Elite 8 matchup against Oregon undefeated.