The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will face Villanova in the 2023 Big East Tournament final after defeating Marquette 81-52 on Sunday.
Marquette won against UConn earlier this season, but this time around, the Huskies’ defense dominated. It was the the second straight year that Marquette fell to UConn in the conference semifinals.
UConn players had an easy time getting to the basket, as it seemed they both outsized and outmatched Marquette.
UConn’s flow appeared to click, and coach Geno Auriemma called the team’s game play “flawless.”
Forward Aaliyah Edwards shined throughout the game, scoring 12 points in the first half, which ended on 12-2 UConn run. Edwards finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds, notching her 13th double-double of the season.
Dorka Juhasz and Lou Lopez Senechal also performed well, each scoring 14 points.
Azzi Fudd made her second appearance after returning from a January knee injury, but despite playing 20 minutes, she scored only four points.
Caroline Ducharme made her way back to the court after being taken out midway through Saturday’s quarterfinal against Georgetown after suffering a head injury.
The Huskies will head to their 21st Big East championship game Monday at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. They’ll play Villanova in a rematch of last year's championship game, which UConn won.