Paige Bueckers leads UConn past JuJu Watkins, USC to advance to second Final Four in 3 years

In the second star-studded matchup of the evening Monday, Paige Bueckers led UConn past USC, 80-73, to advance to the Huskies’ second Final Four in the last three seasons. This will be UConn’s 23rd Final Four appearance in program history.

Bueckers finished with a team-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. She added three steals and two blocks while shooting 11-of-23 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. She notched her seventh straight 20-point performance in the win. Aaliyah Edwards added 24 points and six rebounds of her own for the Huskies.

Freshman sensation JuJu Watkins scored a game-high 29 points, and notched 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks en route to becoming the all-time women’s Division I freshman scoring leader. McKenzie Forbes added 24 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Trojans.

No. 3 UConn will take on Caitlin Clark and the No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes on April 5 for a chance to play in the national championship.

This story will be updated.

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