Edwards scores 20, No. 5 UConn women defeat Butler 80-47

Edwards scores 20, No. 5 UConn women defeat Butler 80-47

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaliyah Edwards scored 20 points and No. 5 Connecticut opened with a 20-5 run in an 80-47 rout of host Butler on Tuesday night.

Despite dressing just eight players and not having head coach Geno Auriemma sidelined with illness, the Huskies had five scorers in double figures led by Edwards, a junior forward who made 10 of 12 shots. He also grabbed nine rebounds as the visitors held a 35-19 advantage on the boards.

UConn (12-2, 5-0 Big East) has won all four meetings with the Bulldogs (6-9, 1-5) by an average of 43.7 points. Associate head coach Chris Dailey improved to 16-0 as Auriemma’s backup.

Aubrey Griffin added 15 points, Nika Muhl 13, Dorka Juhasz 12 and Lou Lopez Senechal 11 for the Huskies.

Rachel McLimore led the Bulldogs with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

Butler, missing two injured starters, missed its first six shots and went 8-of-11 to fall behind by 15 at the start. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to five points in the second quarter before the Huskies pulled away for good.

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