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NCAAW Preview: No. 3 UConn goes on the road to play undefeated Villanova in Big East tussle

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Maddy Siegrist and the Villanova Wildcats will put their undefeated record to the test against Paige Bueckers and the No. 3 UConn Huskies.

Maddy Siegrist (with ball) has been one of the best players in the Big East and recorded 34 points and 19 rebounds in her last outing.
Photo courtesy of Villanova women’s basketball via Twitter (@novawbb)

The No. 3 Connecticut Huskies have not lost a step since coming back to the Big East, having won three conference games by 27 points or more. The Villanova Wildcats, who host the Huskies at 7 p.m. ET tonight, have not faced a ranked opponent this season but remain unbeaten.

The Huskies are led by freshman Paige Bueckers who is currently averaging 18 points, six rebounds and six assists to start the season. Additionally, the Huskies have scoring threats in Christyn Williams (17.5 points per game), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (17) and a surprise role player in freshman Aaliyah Edwards (10).

For Villanova, Maddy Siegrist is coming off of a 34-point, 19-rebound performance against the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday and is averaging a double-double of 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds on the season. Her teammate Brianna Herlihy has scored 20 points three times this season and is averaging 15.7 points.

Here’s what to expect from the matchup and how to watch:


Game Information

No. 3 Connecticut Huskies (4-0, 3-0 Big East) vs. Villanova Wildcats (7-0, 2-0 Big East)

When: Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA

How to watch/listen: SNY/Radio: 97.9 ESPN (Hartford) or UConn IMG (TuneIn)

What to watch: Villanova is going to need a big night from Siegrist if it wants to have a chance in this one. The Wildcats are not too much of a threat from outside, as they are shooting just 26.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Huskies should work on keeping their turnovers to a minimum as they average over 17 per game while the Wildcats average around 14.