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Top 25 women: No. 1 UConn blasts Duquesne in Toronto

Connecticut’s Kia Nurse, right, battles for the ball with Duquesne’s Paige Cannon during the first half Friday in Toronto. (Chris Young / AP)
Connecticut’s Kia Nurse, right, battles for the ball with Duquesne’s Paige Cannon during the first half Friday in Toronto. (Chris Young / AP)
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Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24 and No. 1 UConn posted its biggest victory of the season, routing Duquesne 104-52 on Friday in Toronto.

Samuelson made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, including seven straight in the second and third quarters for the Huskies (10-0) before taking the rest of the night off.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Nurse. The senior forward from Hamilton, Ontario, received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd when she was introduced as UConn’s final starter, and another when she checked out with 3:24 remaining and her team leading 98-50. Nurse finished with five rebounds and two assists. She was 9 for 11 from the field.

Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), which had won eight in a row.

(10) Oregon 85, Hawaii 44: Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and eight rebounds in the Ducks’ victory over the Rainbow Wahine in the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas.

Ruthy Hebard hit 8 of 10 shots and finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Ducks (11-2). Julissa Tago had 11 points for the Rainbow Wahine (6-6).

(16) Missouri 72, Illinois 55: Sophie Cunningham scored 27 points to lead the Tigers to their 12th straight victory, beating the Illini in Columbia, Missouri.

Cunningham was 8 of 11 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 8 of 8 from the foul line for the Tigers (12-1). Brandi Beasley had 14 points for the Illini (9-5).

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