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Villanova Women’s Basketball just gave UConn their first Big East loss since 2013.

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! The Villanova Women’s team just pulled off a massive upset, beating UConn on their home court 72-69. This was UConn’s first Big East loss since rejoining the league.

Villanova has a history of ending UConn winning streaks. In 2003, Villanova knocked off then undefeated UConn in the Big East Tournament, ending their 70 game win streak.

For Villanova, this was an important win for many reasons. First, it keeps them in the hunt for a Big East title now just two games back of UConn in the loss column and tied with DePaul and Marquette. It also keeps alive a now eight game winning streak for the Wildcats, who haven’t dropped a game in nearly a month since traveling to DePaul on January 14th.

But most importantly, this really solidifies Nova in the conversation for the NCAA Tournament. This is their second win over a ranked team on the season, having previously defeated then #23 Oregon State. Villanova wasn’t receiving any votes in the AP poll coming into this game, but the national spotlight is on them now and they’ll surely make a quick jump.

Congrats again to the women’s team on an AMAZING win. And as always, it’s especially fun when it comes at UConn’s expense.

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