Jan. 31, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 2 UConn women's basketball team downed No. 3 Duke 87-51 on Monday night in Gampel Pavilion in front of a crowd of 10,031.
With tonight's win, UConn improves to 21-1 overall this season, while Duke picks up its first loss of the season to drop to 20-1 on the year.
Maya Moore led all scorers as she finished the night with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor. The senior added seven assists and nine rebounds as well. Stefanie Dolson pulled down 12 boards, including 10 on the defensive end, while Tiffany Hayes and Kelly Faris added 20 and 14 points, respectively.
UConn opened tonight's game with a 13-0 run in the first 5:02 of the contest as Duke shot 0-of-12 from the floor, including a 0-of-6 clip from behind the arc. The Blue Devils recorded their first bucket of the game at the 14:58 mark and then were held without a field goal for a span of 8:19 until Jasmine Thomas hit a three pointer for her first made field goal in seven attempts.
Duke shot 5-of-32 in the first half for a 15.6-percentage as the Huskies' outscored the Blue Devils 24-6 in the paint. The Blue Devils were 1-of-20 in the first 13:04 of the contest as well, hitting just one 3-pointer in the frame.
Moore led all scorers with 16 first-half points as the Huskies went into the break with a 41-15 advantage against the third-ranked team in the country. UConn shot 55.2% from the floor, including a 50% showing from behind the arc in the first half. Duke's leading scorer in the first 20 minutes of play was Thomas, who had just three points.
Duke started the second half with a 4-0 spurt as the Huskies committed two turnovers on their first two possessions. UConn answered back with an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control of the game to extend their lead to 29 points on a Moore three-pointer at the 10:26 mark.
UConn's largest lead of the night came with 4:25 left in the contest as a Moore layup put the Huskies up by 36 at 78-42. Duke never led in tonight's game.
The Huskies finished the game shooting 31-of-54 for 57.4%, while Duke was 19-of-67 for 28.4%, including a 4-of-17 clip from behind the arc. UConn also out-rebounded the Blue Devils 49-28 in the Huskies' 73rd consecutive victory at home.
It was the seventh time in the last eight contests that Moore registered 20 or more points, while Dolson picked up her second career game with double-figure rebounds. Faris shot 5-of-9 from the field in the UConn win and hit 4-of-6 from behind the arc, tying her career-high.
The Huskies will continue their two-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 5 as they host DePaul in a BIG EAST Conference match-up. Tip is set for 2:00 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion and will be televised on CPTV.