Jan. 22, 2011
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STORRS, Conn. -
The No. 2 UConn women's basketball team defeated Pittsburgh 66-46 on Saturday night in Gampel Pavilion. Maya Moore led the way with 28 points and 11 rebounds en route to her 45th career double-double.
With tonight's win, UConn improves to 18-1 on the year and 7-0 in BIG EAST play. Pittsburgh drops its second straight league contest to fall to 1-4 in conference action, while the Panthers even their record to 9-9 overall.
Moore was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe and chipped in with four assists, two blocks and two steals to go along with her game-high point tally. Freshmen Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Dolson also grabbed six rebounds.
After going into the half-time break with a six-point lead at 34-28, UConn was able to extend its lead to double-digits with help from 12 second-half points from Dolson, who was just four shy of her career-high.
Pittsburgh threatened a comeback as the Panthers climbed to within five points three minutes into the second half. The Huskies battled back throughout the frame, extending their lead to their largest of the night at 21 points at 66-45 on two Moore free throws.
To start the night, Pittsburgh opened the game with a 6-2 run as the Panthers held the Huskies without a field goal for the first 3:04 before Moore knocked down a baseline jumper to cut the Pitt lead to two. Moore, who registered eight of the Huskies' first 12 points of the game, led all scorers at intermission with 20.
The Huskies' first lead of the game came at the 15:03 mark on a Hartley fast-break layup to give UConn a 10-9 advantage. UConn extended its lead to as much as 13 points in the first frame as Moore gave the Huskies a 22-9 lead on another jump shot to cap a 16-0 run.
UConn shot 43.1% from the floor but struggled behind the arc, hitting just 2-of-13 on the night. The Huskies' netted 17 points off 18 Pitt turnovers and out-rebounded the Panthers 43-29.
Tonight's win also marks the Huskies' 72nd consecutive victory at home, while it is the 57th straight win over a BIG EAST opponent. In the month of January, UConn is now 222-83 all-time, including a 6-0 clip this season.
The Huskies head back on the road to face Rutgers on Wednesday, January 26 in a BIG EAST Conference battle in Piscataway, N.J. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be televised on CPTV.