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Top-ranked UConn women defeat No. 4 Louisville

Sophomore Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut to an 81-64 victory over No. 4 Louisville in a rematch of last season’s national-championship game, won by UConn.

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STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut to an 81-64 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s national-title game.

Just as in the matchup in April, which UConn won by 33 points, Stewart and the Huskies were too much for Louisville.

“She scores them exactly when you need them,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Stewart. “Every one of her points seems to mean something. She hits three-run homers when we’re down two and that’s what separates her from everybody else.”

The victory was UConn’s 31st straight, dating to last season’s title run.

The Huskies (25-0 overall, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) led by 11 at the half and when Louisville (23-2, 11-1) cut their lead to 47-40, Stewart answered with five straight points to ignite a 16-5 run that put the game away.

Asia Taylor scored 18 points to lead Louisville, which had its 16-game winning streak end.

UConn is coping with injuries that have sidelined players.

“We got to put bubbles around our guys,” Auriemma said. “We can’t afford to get anyone else hurt.”

Other Top 5 game

At No. 2 Notre Dame 101, Syracuse 64

Jewell Loyd scored 23 points, Kayla McBride added 18 and the Fighting Irish (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast) overwhelmed the Orange (17-7, 6-5).

Notre Dame tied the 2000-01 team for the best start in program history.

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