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Fudd Helps UConn Advance 52-47 Over UCF in Defensive Battle

From left to right, Connecticut's Paige Bueckers, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Nika Muhl and Azzi Fudd react during the first half of a second-round women's college basketball game against Central Florida in the NCAA tournament, Monday, March 21, 2022, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
From left to right, Connecticut's Paige Bueckers, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Nika Muhl and Azzi Fudd react during the first half of a second-round women's college basketball game against Central Florida in the NCAA tournament, Monday, March 21, 2022, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Storrs, Conn. (AP) -- UConn coach Geno Auriemma noted Monday night that basketball is a contact sport — something that was evident after the Huskies outfought UCF in what could have been a UFC match.

Freshman Azzi Fudd scored 16 points and hit two key free throws late as No. 2 seed Connecticut outfought No. 7 seed UCF 52-47 in a defensive slugfest to an NCAA record 28th straight Sweet 16.