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Nelson-Ododa leads No. 4 UConn over No. 18 DePaul, 75-52

NCAA Womens Basketball: DePaul at Connecticut

Dec 29, 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) shoots for three points against the DePaul Blue Demons in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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STORRS, Conn. -- Olivia Nelson-Ododa had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 4 UConn to a 75-52 win over No. 18 DePaul on Tuesday night.

Freshman Paige Bueckers added 18 points for the Huskies (6-0, 5-0 Big East), who had five players score in double figures in their first game this season against a ranked opponent.

Darrione Rogers had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead DePaul (5-3, 2-1), which averaged better than 88 points over its first seven games.

The Huskies held the Blue Demons to 25% shooting (16 of 64), including 9 of 37 (24.3%) from 3-point range.

UConn also dominated underneath, outscoring DePaul 38-12 in the paint. Nelson-Ododa hit seven of her 11 shots in her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career.

Christyn Williams scored the 1,000th point of her UConn career on a layup that gave UConn an early 4-0 lead, but the Huskies led just 20-16 after a quarter. Williams finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

A 3-pointer by Bueckers from the left corner gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead at 28-17 and UConn took a 38-27 advantage into intermission.


DePaul: The Blue Demons fell to 1-3 this season against ranked opponents, with losses to Texas A&M (93-91) and Louisville (116-75) and a win over Kentucky (86-82). The Blue Demons have never beaten the Huskies during coach Geno Auriemma’s tenure, losing all 18 of those games. Their only win against UConn came 37 years ago, on Dec. 28, 1983.

UConn: The Huskies came into the game holding opponents to 23% shooting. They have not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 35% or score more than 65 points.


DePaul: The Blue Demons head to Milwaukee to face Marquette on Sunday.

UConn: The Huskies are scheduled to be off until a Jan. 7 game at No. 7 Baylor.