Moore finished the afternoon shooting 14-of-23 from the floor with 10 three-point field goals, a program-best tally as well as a new BIG EAST record, as she picked up her 18th consecutive game with double-figure points. Her 13 rebounds also marked her team-leading eighth double-double of the season and 19th of her career.
Moore’s 40-point tally made her only the second UConn player to score 40 or more points in a game, joining Nykesha Sales who registered 46 points vs. Stanford on Dec. 21, 1997. Her 10 three-pointers also broke the UConn single-game record surpassing Wendy Davis’ previous mark of eight vs. Florida on Dec. 8, 1991.
The sophomore forward recorded 17 first half points, while shooting 6-for-11 from the field with nine rebounds and two steals. UConn finished the half shooting .472 (17-for-36) from the floor, including nine three-pointers to take a 48-28 lead at the break.
Caroline Doty (Doylestown, Pa.) hit 5-of-11 from behind the arc in the first half, adding to the Huskies’ lead into the break with 17 points. The freshman connected on four three-pointers in the opening six minutes of the game as she and Moore combined for 34 of UConn’s 48 points in the first frame. Doty finished the game with 17 points for her sixth game in double-digit scoring.
The Huskies began the second half with a 14-4 run in the first three minutes of play as Moore hit three of her 10 three-pointers. Syracuse made just 6-of-25 from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting .309 (17-of-55). The Orange was led by Chandrea Jones with 15 points and four rebounds.
UConn scored 31 second chance points in today’s contest and picked up 29 points off 19 Syracuse turnovers as the Huskies outscored the Orange 59-25 in the second half. The Huskies shot .521 (37-of-71) from the field, including a .462 (18-of-39) shooting effort from behind the arc. The Huskies’ 18 three-pointers broke the program single-game record of 14, which was accomplished on three previous occasions. The mark also ties the BIG EAST Conference single-game record.
Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) picked up her second career double-double as she finished today’s contest with 11 assists and 14 points. Her 11 assists marks her third game with double-figure assists in her career.
Junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies while making 7-of-10 field goals in 26 minutes played. UConn’s 58-point lead with 6:52 left in the second half was its largest of the afternoon as Moore hit one of her three-point field goals to reach that mark.
After today’s win, UConn has won 119 of its last 127 games against BIG EAST opponents as the Huskies move to 271-11 on its home courts dating back to the 1993-94 season. UConn opens the season a perfect 17-0 for the second straight season and the seventh time since 1994-95.
UConn will travel to No. 2/2 North Carolina on Monday, January 19 for a non-conference battle between the top-two programs in the nation. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
- UConn opens a season a perfect 17-0 for the second straight season and the seventh time since 1994-95.
- UConn improves to 31-12 all-time against the Orange and has won each of the last 17 meetings in the series.
- UConn extends its winning streak in regular-season home games to 33 straight.
- UConn opens BIG EAST play 4-0 for the fifth consecutive season following its win over Syracuse Saturday.
- UConn extends its winning streak in January to 18 consecutive games and ups its overall mark in the month to 212-83.
- UConn has won 25 consecutive regular season games following today’s win over Syracuse.
- UConn has won 119 of its last 127 games against BIG EAST opponents.
- UConn moves to 271-11 on its home court(s) dating back to the 1993-94 season.
- UConn ups its mark when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team to 210-11 following today’s win over Syracuse.
- UConn has won its last 103 games against non-ranked opponents.
- UConn improves to 92-11 all-time in games played at the XL Center in Hartford.
- UConn has won its last 19 games against BIG EAST opponents on its home court(s).
- UConn is 141-2 in its last 143 BIG EAST Conference home games.
- UConn extends its home court winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 221 straight games.
- UConn has won each of its last 53 BIG EAST Conference games against opponents other than Rutgers.
- UConn wore gray uniforms for the first time this season.
- Caroline Doty connected on four three pointers in the opening six minutes of the game.
- Caroline Doty’s 17 points marked her sixth game with double-figure points this season.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points marked her 18th consecutive game with double-figure points and 53rd in 55 career games.
- UConn has led at halftime in 16 of 17 games this season.
- Caroline Doty and Maya Moore combined for 34 points and nine three-point field goals in the first half.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points marks her 20th career game with 20 or more points and her seventh this season.
- Tina Charles’ marked her 14th game with double-figure points this season and her sixth in the last seven games.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points marked a career-best effort and her third game with 30 or more points.
- Renee Montgomery’s 11 assists and 14 points marked her second career double-double both came this season.
- Maya Moore became the fastest player in UConn history to reach 1,000 points – taking just 55 games – surpassing Svetlana Abrosimova’s previous record of 63 games.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points and 13 rebounds marked her team-leading eighth double-double this season and the 19th of her career.
- UConn’s 18 three-point field goals broke the program single game record of 14 – which was accomplished on three previous occasions.
- Maya Moore’s 10 three-pointers broke the UConn single game record surpassing Wendy Davis’ previous mark of eight vs. Florida on Dec. 8, 1991.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points represented the second-highest single game scoring total in UConn history and the best single game effort ever by a UConn player at home.
- Maya Moore’s 40 points marked only the second time a UConn player has scored 40 or more points, joining Nykesha Sales, who registered 46 points vs. Stanford on Dec. 21, 1997.
- UConn’s 107 points marked the 58th time in the program’s history it has registered 100 points and the third time this season.
- Renee Montgomery’s 11 assists marked her third game with double-figure assists in her career.
University of Connecticut
Head Coach Geno
How is Caroline Doty?
“She’s getting an MRI right now so we’ll find out more after doc gets the results. He said he’s going to give me a call as soon as he finds out. It’s the same knee she had operated on, so I think he doesn’t want to take any wild guesses right now. Anytime that happens you’re always thinking the worst, but I don’t want to think anything until I get word back from him.”
On the play of Maya Moore today:
“When Maya Moore starts playing, she gets in that zone of hers and she’s able to make the ball do whatever she wants it to do. There’s a very limited amount of people that can do what Maya does that have the kind of confidence she has, that have the kind of stroke that she has. There’s lots of people that have that confidence, but have lousy shooting strokes, and there are people that have good shooting strokes but are hoping it goes in. you’ve got a kid whose combination of is absolutely perfect and she thinks every one of them is going in.”
On the way that Syracuse played:
“They had an interesting game plan. I don’t know quite what to make of it, but obviously it didn’t work, whatever it was they were trying to do. I know the players were coming back saying that it was a little bit different than most games, that there were things going on out on the floor that was a little out of the ordinary. Kids are kids. I saw them shaking their heads and during timeouts they were mumbling to each other, and they don’t normally do that. Obviously there must have been something going on out there out of the ordinary. Probably just spirited competition, I think they call it.”
On if he was upset during the game:
“I just thought there were some chippy kind of fouls. The referees said they were incidental. I thought there were some non-calls that I thought should have been calls and there were some calls that I thought should have been non-calls. I just didn’t think a lot of the contact was incidental. It’s BIG EAST season.”
Were you planning on taking that many 3’s?
“We’re having a real issue right now. I said that we wanted to have great balance; we talked about it all week. I said we wanted to have a real good balance in our offense, and I think they misinterpreted balance as an equal amount of 3’s from both sides of the court. That’s not what I meant. We were harping on them to put the ball in the lane more and attack with the dribble a little more. They gave us so many open 3’s that I don’t think that you should not take them. I don’t know what to make of that. When we threw the ball inside, we scored, when we shot 3’s we scored. It was one of those games, especially in the second half, when whatever we wanted to do, we did it.”
On today’s shooting:
“Early I think we had a really great start as for our offense flow and knocking in shots. I definitely was in the zone and it was just the matter of finding the gaps, being aggressive going toward the ball, and getting open. I had open looks so I knocked them in.”
Is this the most physical game of the season?
“Every game you have to battle and you have to pound. We went into this game not expecting anything less. I think we did a great job of finishing at the free throw line tonight and being tough.”
Were you surprised at how many elbows were flying around and collisions?
“You have to expect anything but I am just proud of us for how we handle ourselves. We continued rebound and continued to be tough and rebound”
What does Caroline Doty mean to the team?
“She is a three point threat and has been working on becoming a more complete player but right now, she is a three point threat that you must guard.”
What are your thoughts on the physical nature of that game?
“That is Big East basketball. South Florida was a physical game, West Virginia was a physical team and I think that is just the nature of Big East basketball which is good because it gets you prepared for the NCAA tournament.”
Head Coach Quentin Hillsman
“I am going to start off by saying that they have a very good basketball team. I would never take anything away from them, from a team that is that good and that can really execute the things that they try to do game in and game out. Every tape that I have watched, everything that they’ve done in other games that makes you say, ‘hey, we’re going to counter it.” It is tough to counter that. They are a very good basketball team. I thought that my kids really competed and played hard. I don’t think that we didn’t give enough effort to win the basketball game. They’re a very good basketball team. When you shoot 57% from the floor in the second half and let Maya (Moore) get those open looks, it’s going to be tough to beat them, anytime she can get that many open looks in a basketball game. It’s good for us. It’s good for our program. I think that what happens is sometimes you start to read the press and you start to believe it a little bit too soon. People are talking about how we are an up and coming team and we’re this and we’re that. We are a good basketball team and they’re a very good basketball team. Our goal is to win national championships just like they win them. So for me this is good; this is a good barometer on where we need to be. Some people would take this loss and go home with their heads down and think it is over. I know that we have 11 more conference games and I’m looking forward to playing the rest of those games, getting into the BIGEAST tournament and competing there and winning that tournament and then I look forward to keep on going. This for me is not a do all be all by any means. Some people would take this and put their head down and think it’s over. I don’t think its over. I think this is a chance to have a new beginning and to change our mindset to become a national champion. They are a very good team and he (Geno Auriemma) has got the formula down on what you have to do to win a national championship. The beautiful part about it is that every year we get to see it. It was good for us to see it so we know where we need to go. ”
Sophomore Erica Morrow
On Maya Moore’s performance
“Maya is obviously a great player. On our defensive rotations she got open looks and we are all college athletes and anyone can hit an open shot. Not to take anything away from her, she’s a great player."