The Big East women’s basketball tournament heats up on Sunday with a pair of semifinal matchups beginning at 3 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on FS1.
First, No. 9 UConn (27-5, 18-2 Big East) will face Marquette (21-9, 13-7 Big East), as the Huskies hope to reach the Big East tournament final for the third straight season. The teams split their first two matchups this season.
Following the conclusion of the UConn-Marquette game, No. 11 Villanova (27-5, 17-3 Big East) will take on Creighton (22-7, 15-5 Big East). The teams split the first two matchups this season, as the Wildcats hope to make it back to the final for the second straight season.
The winners of each game will face off in Monday’s championship game at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.
You can follow all the action from Sunday’s semifinals right here!
No. 9 UConn vs. Marquette
Lou opens the game with a bucket
Lou Lopez Senechal drained a mid-range jumper to get the Huskies up 2-0 early.
Liza Karlen got open down low to get an easy layup to match UConn’s opening bucket.
Pouring it on early
Aaliyah Edwards drained the tough jumper with ease to put UConn up 9-2 early and force Marquette to call a timeout.
Rose Nkumu drained the 3-pointer for Marquette to cut into UConn’s lead, making it 11-7 with 4:13 left in the first quarter.
Dorka on the dot
Dorka Juhász got open at the top of the perimeter, allowing her to make the 3-pointer with ease to give UConn a 20-12 lead at the end of the first.
Edwards hit Marquette with a spin move down low to help put UConn up 22-12 early in the second quarter.
Lopez Senechal slipped open and drained a 3-pointer to help UConn take a 25-12 lead.
Back-to-back 3s for the Golden Eagles
Marquette was able to cut into UConn’s lead a bit in the middle of the second quarter as Jordan Hare and Mackenzie Hare both hit 3-pointers to make it 25-18 during a scoring drought for the Huskies.
Griffin getting tough
Aubrey Griffin fought for the offensive rebound with multiple Marquette defenders around her, getting fouled while making the putback.
Griffin didn’t convert the free throw, keeping UConn’s lead at 37-22 going into halftime.
Silky smooth catch-and-shoot
Lopez Senechal made the jumper look easy, draining the shot off the inbounds pass to open up the scoring for UConn in the second half.
Not on Nika’s watch
Nika Muhl picked Nkumu’s pocket, getting the steal to put UConn up 43-24 early in the second half.
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