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NCAA Women's Tournament Top Moments: Day 1 of the Sweet 16
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NCAA Women's Tournament Top Moments: Day 1 of the Sweet 16

Updated Mar. 27, 2021 10:20 p.m. ET

How sweet it was!

Two elite freshmen faced off to begin Saturday's action when No. 1 seed UConn, led by Paige Bueckers, stormed past Caitlin Clark and fifth-seeded Iowa.

In the end, UConn proved to be too much, but it was nonetheless a thrilling start to the day.


Here are the top moments and plays from the opening day of the Sweet 16, with the most recent action listed first.

No. 3 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies
Result: Arizona wins 74-59

Both ends

Arizona was putting on a clinic in the victory over Texas A&M.

Trinity will take it

Arizona's Trinity Baptiste did it all by herself for the bucket and some.

No.  4 Indiana Hoosiers vs. No. 1 NC State Wolfpack
Result: Indiana wins 73-70

Hoosiers were hot

Indiana put NC State on upset alert early in the second half and never looked back.

Back the pack

Look up NC State's Elissa Cunane in the dictionary and you'll find the word: bucket.

No. 6 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 2 Baylor Bears
Result: Baylor wins 78-75

Inside work

Michigan's Naz Hillmon collected her own miss and cashed on the rebound.

Over the top

Hillmon snagged the lob pass for the easy lay-up to tie it up.

Stole the show

In overtime, the Lady Bears came up with the big-time steal and sealed the deal.

No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 1 UConn Huskies
Result: UConn wins 92-72

Buckets for Bueckers

Bueckers put the team on her back in the second half, ending the day with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Clark catching fire

Clark had an answer for Bueckers, finding nothing but net from deep, but unfortunately, her effort wasn't enough.

Williams weaves in traffic

UConn's Christyn Williams was unstoppable, creating a highlight reel of plays like this and finishing with 27 points.


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