Sophomore Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) used 20 first half points to finish with 24 as the Huskies held the nation's leading scoring team, a program in which averages 89.9 points per game, to 37 on the night. The 11 points in the second frame by the Bulls marked the lowest tally given up by the Huskies this season in either half.
With the victory, UConn improves to 14-0 on the year and moves to 7-0 all-time against the Bulls (13-3, 0-2). The win gives UConn a 14-0 record to open the season, marking the second straight year and eighth in 13 years in which the Huskies have earned that feat.
The Huskies took control early led by Moore with 15 points in the first eight minutes of play, including two three-pointers. Senior Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) also chipped in with nine points and dished out two assists.
Junior Tina Charles’ (Jamaica, N.Y.) shot 5-for-9 in the first frame for 12 points as the Huskies shot .474 (18-for-38) to take a 45-26 lead at the break. With that tally, UConn snapped its streak in which it has shot over .500 in the opening half at six games this season.
The Huskies held South Florida without a point for the first 4:36 in the second half as they went on a 9-0 run to open up play after the break. The UConn run was sparked by four points from Charles who finished the night with 17 for her 12th game in double-figure points this season and the 63rd of her career. She also pulled down 12 rebounds, recording her fourth double-double of the season.The Bulls shot just .095 (2-for-21) from behind the arc in tonight's match-up, a team in which averages nine made three-pointers per contest. UConn also forced 26 turnovers from the Bulls, including 13 first half tallies for 17 UConn points off those mistakes.
In the second half, UConn out-scored the home team 35-11 and out-rebounded the Bulls 54-36 to take the BIG EAST Conference victory. The Bulls shot .246 (15-for-61) from the field as they recorded 56 points below their average.
UConn's largest lead of the game came with just 31 seconds remaining as junior Jacquie Fernandes (Pawcatuck, Conn.) received a pass inside the paint and made the layup to give the Huskies a 46-point advantage.
Kalana Greene (Saint Stephen, S.C.) added 13 points and seven rebounds for UConn. Moore’s 24 points marked her 15th straight game in double-digits and the 50th of her career.
After today’s win, UConn has now won 116 of its last 124 BIG EAST Conference games as the Huskies extend their regular-season winning streak to 22 games.
UConn will continue it's road trip as the Huskies travel to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on West Virginia in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
- Today marks UConn’s sixth game away from home over its last eight contests.
- Tonight’s game marks the fifth consecutive year that UConn has opened BIG EAST play on the road.
- UConn improves to 22-5 all-time in BIG EAST openers following tonight’s win over South Florida.
- UConn has won its last 17 straight BIG EAST Conference openers.
- UConn extends its regular-season winning streak to 22 games.
- UConn moves to 7-0 all-time vs. South Florida and a perfect 3-0 vs. the Bulls in Tampa.
- UConn has now won 116 of its last 124 BIG EAST Conference games following tonight’s win over South Florida.
- UConn ups its record to 207-11 all-time when playing as the No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
- UConn improves to 14-0 to open the season for the second straight time and eighth time in the last 13 years overall.
- Tonight’s win extends UConn’s winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 100 straight.
- UConn has won 235 of its last 238 games overall against non-ranked opponents.
- UConn has now won 79 of its last 91 road games dating back to Feb. 2001.
- UConn has now won 50 straight games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season other than Rutgers.
- Maya Moore scored 20 of her 24 points in the opening half.
- Maya Moore's four three-point field goals tied her career high.
- UConn shot .474 (18-of-38) from the field in the first half - snapping its streak of games in which it shot over .500 in the opening half at six. - Tina Charles' 17 points marked her 12th game in double-figure points this season and the 63rd of her career. - Tina Charles moved past Jessica Moore into 26th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,239. - UConn scored 17 points off 13 South Florida turnovers in the first half. - UConn has led at the half in all 14 of its games this season.
- Kalana Greene's 13 points marked her second straight game in double-figure points, her fifth this season and the 35th of her career.
- Tina Charles' 17 points and 12 rebounds marked her fourth double-double this season and the 29th of her career.
- UConn opened the second half with a 26-5 run over the opening 11 minutes to turn a 19-point lead into a 40-point advantage at 71-31.
- UConn limited South Florida to a total of five field goals in the second half. - South Florida's 37 points marked the fewest points allowed by Connecticut against a BIG EAST opponent since giving up 36 at Seton Hall on Feb. 9. - South Florida entered the game as the top scoring team nationally averaging 89.9 points per game - the Huskies held them 52.9 points below their average. - All 11 players who played for Connecticut posted points in tonight's game.
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