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No. 3 UConn Rolls Past Villanova, 72-49

Kelly Faris

Jan. 14, 2012

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Tiffany Hayes scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 72-49 win over Villanova on Saturday.

Connecticut scored 21 points off of 23 Villanova turnovers and turned what was a competitive game with just over 12 minutes to play into a blowout.

"We tried doing the same things we always do, trying to pick up full court pressure and Villanova isn't an easy team to press and trap against," Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. "But once we got the pressure deep into their backcourt, I think we unsettled them."

Rachel Roberts scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who got within five points when two baskets by Emily Leer made it 41-36, but Connecticut (14-2 overall, 4-1 Big East) answered by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to retake control of the game.

Hayes scored 10 straight points during a four-minute stretch to make it 58-42 Connecticut with less than six minutes to play.

She scored a layup, nailed a 3-pointer, ripped through the Villanova defense for another layup and finished with another 3-pointer to give Connecticut a 58-42 lead with less than six minutes to play.

"My teammates were finding me," Hayes said. "We worked on some of the (five-guard) stuff during practice this week. I like it. It's faster paced and it gives us a lot of good looks and it creates a lot of steals."

Villanova (11-6, 2-3) went 7:49 without scoring in the first half, turning a 15-11 lead into a 26-15 deficit. Connecticut went into halftime leading 37-26.