CINCINNATI, Ohio (January 24, 2009) -
The No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team held the Bearcats to just seven first-half points on 3-of-28 shooting to pave the way for a compelling 65-34 victory over Cincinnati in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday night.
The seven points allowed by the UConn defense becomes the fewest points allowed by the Huskies in a half this season and ties the second-fewest points ever allowed by the Huskies in a half.
With the victory, UConn improves its record to a perfect 19-0 on the year and 5-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Bearcats fall to 13-6 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Huskies use the win to move to 19-0 for the second consecutive season and the seventh time since 1994-95.
The Huskies held the Bearcats to just one field goal on 21 attempts in the first 14:42 of the game as the Huskies went on a 26-0 run before Cincinnati's Jill Stephens hit a jumper slightly outside of the key to make the score 28-4 with just over five minutes left in the half. The 26-0 run was UConn's second-largest of the season, only surpassed by the 32-0 run the Huskies recorded against Holy Cross on Dec. 3.
During the run Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led UConn with 14 points as she connected on 5-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc for 16 total first-half points. Cincinnati shot .107 (3-of-28) in the half, including a .083 (1-of-12) showing from behind the arc, while the Huskies forced 11 turnovers and netted 14 points off those mistakes.
The Huskies shot .469 (15-of-32) from the floor before the break and out-rebounded the Bearcats 23-18.
Cincinnati put more points on the board in the second half and out scored the Huskies 27-26 in the final 20 minutes of play. Cincinnati forced seven UConn turnovers in the half and committed just four to keep the Huskies' lead to as large as xx points.
UConn shot .439 (25-of-57) on the night while holding the Bearcats to a .236 (13-of-55) performance. Cincinnati hit five of its six three-pointers in the second half to stay in the game, while the Huskies continued to own the boards, out-rebounding the Bearcats 40-32.
Junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) netted 13 points moving her past Laura Lishness into 24th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,308.
Moore's 18 points marked her 20th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 55th in 57 career games, while Kalana Greene (Saint Stephen, S.C.) added six points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes played. Greene's 10 rebounds represented a season high and marked her first game with double-digit rebounds this season and the ninth of her career.
Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) picked up 11 points and three steals on the night, while freshman Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) chipped in with a solid performance, scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds. Montgomery's 11 points marked her 17th game this season with double-figure points and her 27th in the last 29 games overall.
After today’s win, UConn moves to 214-83 all-time in the month of January and has won each of its last 20 games during the calendar's initial month. The Huskies have also now won 120 of their last 128 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season.
UConn will return to Storrs, Conn. on Monday, Jan. 26 to host BIG EAST opponent No. 7/10 Louisville at Gampel Pavilion. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN 2 with Pam Ward (play-by-play), Carolyn Peck (color) and Rebecca Lobo (sideline) on the call.
|1st ||2nd || ||Final |
|1/1 Connecticut ||39 ||26 || ||65 |
|Cincinnati ||7 ||27 || ||34 |
- Cincinnati represents the lone unranked team in a current three-game stretch that will see UConn face a pair of teams ranked among the top-10 nationally.
- UConn moves to 19-0 for the second consecutive season and the seventh time since 1994-95.
- UConn has won 120 of its last 128 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season.
- UConn moves to 214-83 all-time in the month of January and has won each of its last 20 games during the calendar's initial month.
- UConn extends its winning streak in regular season games to 27 straight following tonight's win over Cincinnati.
- UConn ups its mark to 82-9 in its last 91 road contests dating back to Feb. 1, 2001.
- UConn improves to 212-11 all-time when playing as the nation's No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
- UConn extends its winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 104 straight games following tonight's win over Cincinnati.
- UConn moves to 5-0 in BIG EAST action for the fifth consecutive season and the 12th time since 1994-95.
- Tonight's game marked the 799th in the head coaching career of Geno Auriemma at Connecticut.
- UConn has won 54 consecutive games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season other than Rutgers following tonight's win at Cincinnati.
- UConn opened the game with a 28-2 run over the opening 13:10 that was sparked by 14 points from Maya Moore. Included in that spurt was a 26-0 run by the Huskies after the game was tied at 2-2.
- During the 26-0 run, UConn held Cincinnati to just 1-of-21 shooting from the field over a span of 14:42.
- The 26-0 run marked UConn's second-largest this season - only surpassed by a 32-0 run vs. Holy Cross on Dec. 3.
- Maya Moore's 18 points marked her 20th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 55th in 57 career games.
- Cincinnati's seven points in the first half tied for the second-fewest ever allowed by UConn in a half - behind only 6 points allowed vs. Providence on Feb. 5, 2005. The Huskies also allowed just seven points in the first half vs. Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 9, 1995 and vs. Hartford on Dec. 29, 2008.
- Tina Charles' 13 points moved her past Laura Lishness into 24th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,308.
- Cincinnati's seven first-half points marked the fewest allowed by Connecticut in any half this season.
- Tina Charles' 13 points marks her 16th game with double-figure points this season and the 67th of her career.
- Renee Montgomery's 11 points marked her 17th game this season with double-figure points and her 27th in the last 29 games overall.
- Tina Charles' two blocks moved her into a tie with Kelly Schumacher for third place on the UConn career block list at 181.
- Kalana Greene's 10 rebounds represented a season high and marked her first game with double-digit rebounds this season and the ninth of her career.