World News – USA – Nelson-Ododa, UConn women blow past Creighton

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STORRS – Olivia Nelson-Ododa is now 73 games in her UConn career and Geno Auriemma still hasn’t quite figured it out.

« If Liv is calm, if she is patient and if she is not caught up, which happened in the last piece, » said Auriemma, « she can do a lot. ”

That wasn’t always the case during her time at Storrs, but it was on Thursday in UConn’s 80-47 win over Creighton at the Gampel Pavilion.

Nelson-Ododa scored 24 points, three from their career high, when the Huskies improved to 3-0. She finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor, all in three-quarters.

« I was transferred to a different position this year, » said Nelson-Ododa, one of three juniors on a team without seniors. “That just means a different mentality. I definitely try to just slow down and be patient, especially on the offensive. ”

Nelson-Ododa was at his best in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 center had 14 points and hit all six shots she tried, including her first career 3-pointer. She sat the entire fourth with the game out of reach.

« If she goes on like this, I’ll have to call her one of the Splash sisters, » joked Auriemma. “Liv is like many of our other shooters. In a four-minute target practice, Liv could do 10 3s in a row. You would probably say « nah », but she would. And the next time we do this exercise, it goes 0 against 10. …

« She makes a lot of 15 and 16 foot shooters, no question about it, but if (she can become a more consistent 3 point shooter) that would be great. « . ”

UConn striker Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) reacts after her 3-point basket against Creighton in Storrs on Thursday.

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives the ball against Creighton Bluejays guard Molly Mogensen (21) in the first half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) shoots a free throw against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A in the first half. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) defends in the first half at Harry A against Creighton Bluejays striker Emma Ronsiek (31). Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Creighton Bluejay’s head coach Jim Flanery watches from the sidelines as they take on the UConn Huskies in the first half at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn striker Aubrey Griffin (44) shoots against Creighton security guard Jayme Horan in the first half of Thursday’s game in Storrs.

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Creighton Bluejays striker Mykel Parham (34) was injured on the pitch when they faced the UConn Huskies in the first half at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) works for the rebound against Creighton Bluejays striker Mykel Parham (34) in the first half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) wants to pass in the first half at Harry A against Creighton Bluejays striker Mykel Parham (34). Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) returns the ball against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma speaks to his team during a break in action against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) is fouled in the first half at Harry A by Creighton Bluejays guard Molly Mogensen (21). Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Cardboard cut-outs from former UConn Huskies basketball players fill the seats as the Huskies take on the Creighton Bluejays in Harry A’s first half. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) works for the rebound against Creighton Bluejays striker Mykel Parham (34) in the first half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies Guard Evina Westbrook (22) goes into the basket in the second half at Harry A against Creighton Bluejays striker Gracey Griglione (12). Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) shoots against Creighton Bluejays striker Emma Ronsiek (31) in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Christyn Williams (13) shoots in the second half at Harry A against Creighton Bluejays guard / striker Morgan Maly (30). Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) blocks the shot from Creighton Bluejays striker Emma Ronsiek (31) in the second half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies forward Aubrey Griffin, 44, and UConn Huskies forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa, 20, work for the rebound against the Creighton Bluejays in the second half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Christyn Williams (13) shoots against three Creighton Bluejays defenders in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; The UConn Huskies assistants disinfect the chairs after each use, while the Huskies compete against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A in the second half. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma reacts from the sidelines as they face the Creighton Bluejays in Harry A’s second half. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sidelines as they face the Creighton Bluejays in Harry A’s second half. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Creighton Bluejays players kneel at Harry A for the national anthem before the game against the UConn Huskies begins. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) returns in the second half at Harry A against the Creighton Bluejays. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Some Creighton Bluejays players and staff kneel down at Harry A for the national anthem before the game against the UConn Huskies begins. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Some Creighton Bluejays players and staff kneel down at Harry A for the national anthem before the game against the UConn Huskies begins. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) and guard Christyn Williams (13) work for the rebound against Creighton Bluejays striker Emma Ronsiek (31) in the second half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma speaks to his team during a break when they face the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A in the second half. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies Guard Paige Bueckers (5) plays in the second half at Harry A against the Creighton Bluejays. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma watches from the sidelines as they face the Creighton Bluejays in Harry A’s second half. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Creighton Bluejays striker Emma Ronsiek (31) plays the ball against UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) in the second half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) shoots a free throw against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A in the second half. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies striker Aaliyah Edwards (3) shoots against Harry Monssen (21) from Creighton Bluejays and Emma Ronsiek (31) at Harry A in the second half. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma and Creighton Bluejays head coach Jim Flanery meet at Harry A after the game. . Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Creighton 80-47. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives to the basket against Creighton in the first half of the game on Thursday in the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies keeper Christyn Williams (13) shoots Harry A against Creighton Bluejays keeper Tatum Rembao (2) in the first half. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Christyn Williams (13) from UConn steals the ball from Creighton’s guard Tatum Rembao (2) in the game on Thursday in Storrs.

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies Guard Paige Bueckers (5) works for the rebound against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; The UConn Huskies and Creighton Bluejays kick off the game at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; The UConn Huskies warm up before the start of the game against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; The UConn Huskies on the pitch before the start of the game against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A.. . Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

17. December 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; The Creighton Bluejays warm up before the game against the UConn Huskies at Harry A.. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Christyn Williams (15), Anna Makurat (12) and Paige Bueckers (11) joined Nelson-Ododa in the double-digit range.

UConn took the lead 8-0 and kept Creighton goalless for a period of 8:47 between the middle of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter. The Huskies just demolished 23 points during this stretch before Dearica Prior broke up with a layup.

The Huskies led in the first half with 27 players (36-9) and overwhelmed Creighton in almost all facets. And yet Auriemma, who was meticulous in his own way, was not satisfied and called the huskies – 44 percent, but 1: 8 out of 3 – the « Worst Shooting Team in America » ​​during a half-time interview on SNY. The huskies were between 36 and 12 at the time.

Auriemma was a little gentler, but still critical, during his Zoom conference after playing with reporters.

« People are no longer guarding us on the 3-point line, » said Auriemma with sarcasm. “You’re just asking us to shoot. I think last year we led the country in 3 point field targets and now they are asking us to shoot. ”

He also joked that Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Katie Lou Samuelson’s shooting records are now safe.

At the other end of the floor, UConn held Creighton 30 percent while shooting. The Bluejays (2-4) averaged 10 3-point points per game but were 0-11 in the first half and 7-29 in total behind the arch.

« We did a great job taking these away, » said Auriemma. « And they missed a couple who were open too, don’t get me wrong. ”

Thursday was the continuation of a busy season opener for the Huskies, their third game in six days. The Huskies play with Xavier on Saturday too, but Auriemma doesn’t mind. It’s a welcome break from the redundancy of training the Huskies have been doing for four months while waiting for the Games to start.

Bueckers tried 10 shots but that wasn’t enough to please Auriemma, who said the newbie was a little too keen on passing.

« She wants everyone to feel great, » said Auriemma. « Me, if I could shoot like Paige, I’d get 20 first and then I’d make everyone feel great. ”

Shortly after the game, Bueckers came back on the ground, still in uniform, to practice her shot.

One of the game’s three referees was removed from the game at halftime due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We became aware of a possible threat from a game she officiated earlier this week. It was taken out of the game out of caution, ”said a UConn spokesman.

NOTES: According to the SNY broadcast, freshman Nika Muhl will be out with an injury to his left foot until Christmas. Muhl wore a boot on his foot that she had taken out of circulation for a short time last season. . . . Four Creighton starters played with masks. … Former UConn star Stefanie Dolson presented the huskies’ starting line-up on the video board.

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