No. 6 UConn survives scare from Creighton
Ducharme’s return helps the Huskies rally for win
Storrs — Caroline Ducharme scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter, including the winning UConn 62 free throws with just Creighton 60 under 5 seconds left,
and No. 6 Connecticut came from behind to beat Creighton 6260 on Wednesday night.
Ducharme, playing for the first time after missing 13 games with a concussion, was 0 for 6 from the floor before her late scoring surge helped UConn (23-4, 15-1 Big East) overcome an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Lou Lopez Senechal scored 17 points to lead the Huskies, and Aaliyah Edwards added 12.
Morgan Maly had 15 points for Creighton (18-7, 12-5). Rachael Saunders and Lauren Jensen each had 13.
Creighton trailed by two points at the half, but opened the second half with 3-pointers from Maly and Saunders — part of a 19-1 run that stretched back into the first half.
The Bluejays held UConn without a point for the first five minutes of the third quarter, turning a 30-21 deficit into a 40-31 lead. Creighton led 48-39 after three quarters.
Saunders' 3-pointer in the fourth quarter made it 50-39 before the Huskies began chipping away,
A three-point play by Ducharme drew the fifth foul on Saunders and cut UConn's deficit to 57-54.
Edwards made a layup to make it 5756, and Lopez Senechal's layup gave the Huskies a 58-57 lead. But Morgan Maly responded with a 3-pointer to put Creighton back up with 1:07 left in the game.
Lopez Senechal responded with a jumper to tie it at 60, then drew an offensive foul on Maly off the ball with 16 seconds remaining.
Ducharme drove into the lane with 4.8 seconds left, drawing a foul on Carly Bachelor and calmly hit two foul shots to give UConn the 62-60 lead.