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UConn PULLS AWAY LATE against USC, ADVANCES to Final Four | CBS Sports

Apr 10, 2024
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on the Yukon line with the advantage Paige Beckers with the opportunity to give Yukon an 11-point lead and they are reaching the

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with the victory over USC 80-73 is their final that not only makes the women's team, but will also join the men's team ahead of the final four for the first time. Both teams go back to 2014. Paige Beckers with the 28 point night in this one. here is a look at the appearances of the men's and women's final four in 2024, this is what we are waiting for, but if you look back, in 2014, both teams made it to the final four, both teams won a title, it will also return to happen in 2004, it will happen again in 2024, well that's certainly what the Huskies are hoping for and we're here with CBS.
uconn pulls away late against usc advances to final four cbs sports
Sports Women's Hoops Analyst Tarica Foster Bradby Immediately following the Elite 8 final showdown, we have the scene set, but Yukon moved on to its 23rd Final Four appearance in program history. Now this was a matchup that stayed extremely close, I would say, until the final minutes of this game were tied five times, including the end of the quarter, but how did the Huskies get by the Trojans in those final minutes? I have two words for you Paige Beckers, she is unreal 28 points 10 rebounds from her, her energy, her intensity incomparable, completely incomparable in this matchup and I really think her defense is what really separates her from the rest because we know it's a score very prolific, but he accomplished his task tonight, I mean the experience of This Yukon team really showed something that I thought would help them, but I was very worried about his death because today they were preparing with like seven players and yet , they remained aggressive defensively, they managed to stay disciplined.
uconn pulls away late against usc advances to final four cbs sports

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I had two players at the end of that game. was in foul trouble aaliyah edwards and niik mule both core players who were needed and necessary and yet held their own under the leadership of paige beckers it was surreal to watch but oh my god i felt so bad for USC in the last moments that showed Juju. Watkins left crying and now I'm excited for you, she's had a great season at USC and I want to talk about them in just a second, but you literally took me to where I wanted to talk about seven players that We had dressed, we had a couple of their key players in foul trouble.
uconn pulls away late against usc advances to final four cbs sports
You talk about the experience of this team, but taking a step back and looking at this Yukon team as a whole, they lost five potential contributors to season-ending injuries. Death has been a major problem. This with a limited number of huskies could check in these last few games, but I say that one of the main reasons why they got here is the performances of Paige Beckers and you talked about that, but how key she has been. I'm not just talking about this game, but what they've been able to achieve to this point and how far they can go.
uconn pulls away late against usc advances to final four cbs sports
Yes, no, you are absolutely right. I mean, at the beginning of this season, they suffered three losses at the beginning of the season. There were times when the team felt disjointed right after a fud was also injured for the season. It felt like even though they were winning some basketball games, it never really felt like this was a Yukon team that was actually being a Yukon team um and then something happened uh tournament not tournament um in the season game in conference play started to happen and then Paige Beckers announced that she was coming back to Yukon uh for one more year and it felt like this team was revived here down the stretch, entering the Big East tournament, which leads into the NCAA tournament, at the end of this season, you started to see a Resurgence, and I had often said I felt that way, that this Yukon team was playing under. radar because they are Yukon, but considering they had so many things going against them at the beginning of the season, specifically when it came to injuries, I felt like this would be another season where we don't know if they would be that far along in this tournament before After losing to Ohio State in the Sweet 16 last year, this Ukon team had 14 consecutive appearances in the final four, we had become so accustomed to them being in the final four that it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would be there and only because In recent years they had been plagued by injuries, we lost sight of how good this Yukon team really is, how experienced this Yukon team really is.
I think Paige Beckers is absolutely the one who paved the way that really revived it. this team and now they are returning to the place they felt they should have never stopped going. It's impressive considering you talk about those injuries and what they've dealt with, but then you use that word revived, it's always good. Maybe having one of your leaders back gives you that extra boost throughout that season, but speaking of which, I mean, we have to give credit where it's due and that's USC and their freshman sensation, Juju Watkins, you talked about watching her come out of the cut with tears in her eyes and I just want to talk about what you think of the season USC has had and maybe the outlook for their 18-year-old.
It's crazy when I say that, but your 18 year old failed at the helm, yes, when I was 18, I had barely left my mother's house and she was here leading a team back to Elite 8, a place where They hadn't been in many years. Honestly, I think it's an experience what kind of got in their way as this particular matchup continued, there were times where they settled for a lot of outside shots, a lot of jump shots, times where they got

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from driving to the basket. I mean, if when you think about it, you have two players on opposing teams that are in foul trouble, you might want to consider, you know, attacking the basket, attacking the paint, making them have to play, you have to force their hand. a disciplinary point of view to see if you can make that additional contact, but they didn't and I think it was mostly inexperienced, but it wasn't for lack of trying.
Juju Watkins. 29 points from her, she had help from McKenzie Forb. 24 points from her, I mean, Juju Watkins has really been the star of this team and I've said that he's played with some tremendous teammates that have allowed him to shine and that have allowed him to be the star player that he has. Cast that really supported her and helped push this USC team forward, um, and if I'm her, I know right now it doesn't seem like there's anything to be proud of. Right now, you're not really settling. You know, we're happy to be here right now.
I know it hurts, but when you take the time to step back and think about everything USC accomplished, I hope you realize how proud you should be and how proud that team should be. um and be very excited about what the future will be like for the chosen ones. The future absolutely looks pretty bright and we saw a full screen while you were talking. 920 points this year, which is the most points by a freshman in the history of D1 women's basketball, what a story for Juju Watkins and for the Trojans, but it's Yukon that keeps rolling, but hey, she's together to the names of the clks, the Reeses and the Beckers.
She's in the National Player of the Year conversation and for good reason and a very, very good reason. Reason, big congratulations to USC and big congratulations to Yukon for Rolling uh Taro, we're not going to get rid of you just yet because we have some bottom four action to talk about in a moment. Beckers and Clark is what awaits us and here's a look. the most appearances in the last four by school in Yukon have taken this, it is now 23 appearances in the last four and school history. They have reached the semi-finals in 15 of the last 16 tournaments and look to keep things going alongside the men here in the semi-finals.
Well, the stage is set, the four finalists have been determined. South Carolina, North Carolina, State, Iowa, Yukon, we preview this year's path to the National Championship ahead. You are watching CBS Sports HQ e.

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