Paige Bueckers is becoming a superstar for UConn hoops

The Hopkins grad has made an instant impact on college basketball.
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Paige Bueckers had a lengthy list of accomplishments during her high school career. As the No. 1 recruit in the 2020 class, Bueckers racked up both local and national awards while starring at Hopkins, but the impact she's having on the college basketball landscape has been an immediate one this season.

Joining women's basketball powerhouse UConn, Bueckers has become a superstar. The freshman leads the Huskies in scoring (20.4), assists (5.7) and steals (2.3) per game and ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (5.1) this season.

Those stats are impressive, but not as outstanding as her recent play has been for the third-ranked team in the country.

In her last two games, Bueckers put up 32 points against St. John's on Feb. 3 and 30 points against Marquette on Friday night. This put Bueckers in rare territory as the first freshman in UConn history to score 30 points in back-to-back games.

To add to the feat, only five other players in school history have scored 30 points in consecutive games including Lynx stars Napheesa Collier and Maya Moore.

Bueckers has also been locked from 3-point range, shooting 76 percent (19-of-25) from beyond the arc in her last four games including a 6-of-9 performance against Marquette.

With the rim looking like the size of Lake Minnetonka, Bueckers' recent play has caught the eye of Hall of Fame Head Coach Geno Auriemma, who doesn't typically give out this kind of praise.

Bueckers has been one of the key reasons the Huskies have compiled a 13-1 record this season and will look to continue her hot stretch as UConn hosts No. 2 South Carolina on Monday night.

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