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UConn women’s basketball overcome big deficit, Geno Auriemma’s absence to beat Creighton 76-56

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Coach Geno Auriemma has challenged his UConn women’s basketball team to be better at fighting through adversity this season and adversity was certainly what the Huskies faced Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb.

Auriemma did not join the team after not feeling well right before tipoff, graduate transfer Dorka Juhász (foot) remained out with an injury and the Huskies faced a 12-point deficit to Creighton in the second half.

Behind associate head coach Chris Dailey’s guidance, and some standout play from their seniors, the No. 10 Huskies turned their worst start of the season to one of their better performances in some time, defeating the Bluejays 76-56 to remain undefeated in conference play since 2013.

Senior Olivia Nelson-Ododa finished with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, as well as six assists. Redshirt senior Evina Westbrook did her part with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, while senior Christyn Williams had another strong showing with 17 points and three assists.

UConn (14-4, 9-0 Big East) outscored Creighton (15-6, 10-3) 58-26 following the 4:05 mark of the second quarter.

SNY said Auriemma’s issue was not COVID-19 related as Dailey improved to 13-0 when stepping in.

Alexa Philippou can be reached at aphilippou@courant.com

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