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Film Room: Azzi Fudd demonstrated a refreshing steadiness in Europe

The junior's best performances have been the result of a strong game, not just a hot quarter.

Photo: Neil Patel — UConn Athletics

UConn ended its European tour with a perfect 4-0 record but definitely had to earn the victory in its final game. The Huskies beat Pecs by 19 in Murano, Italy, though they only led by three after one quarter and didn’t extend the advantage beyond that going into the half.

Still, there was no point that UConn didn’t seem firmly in control. The Huskies largely executed well on offense and were only hampered by a tough shooting day — which could largely be attributed to the lack of practice as well as a double-rimmed basket. Very few shots that caught the rim went in.

Just look at this ridiculousness. An easy layup should never take that many bounces to fall.

Pecs also deserves credit for being a competent basketball team, a trait that eluded UConn’s other opponents on this trip. If the Huskies made a bad pass on offense or fell asleep on the defense, Pecs capitalized on the mistake. Just like UConn’s second game, the quality of the opponent helped reveal some flaws to work on once the team returns home.

Azzi Fudd swaps streakiness for steadiness

When Azzi Fudd got off to a strong start last season, she did it on the back of explosive performances. She’d be quiet for a half or quarter only to explode with an avalanche of baskets to blow the game open. When Texas came to Gampel Pavilion, Fudd had 17 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter. Against Iowa, she scored two points in the first half before a 20-point second half.

That hasn’t been the case overseas.

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