Feb. 14, 2009
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (February 7, 2009) - The No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team held Marquette without a field goal for 8:36 in the first half and used a 17-1 run in that span to pave the way to a convincing 83-49 victory over the Golden Eagles in BIG EAST action on Saturday night.
UConn improves to a perfect 23-0 on the year and 9-0 in BIG EAST play after tonight's win. The Golden Eagles drop to 13-10 overall and 4-5 in the BIG EAST.
Despite not connecting on a field goal for 3:38 in the first half and having the lead change four times in the frame, the Huskies took control of the game for the last 10 minutes of the half as they took a 20-20 tie and went on a 22-6 run to take a 42-26 lead at the break.
Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) led both teams with 13 points and four assists in the first half, while Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots as the two Huskies combined for more than half of UConn's first half points.
UConn's defense, one in which holds its opponents scoring average to 54 points per game, held Marquette's high-scorer, Angel Robinson, scoreless in the first 20 minutes of play as she shot 0-for-9 from the floor. Robinson, who averages 14.6 points per game, hit one free-throw with less than a minute to go in the game as she finished the night with one point, shooting 0-for-11 from the floor.
The Huskies shot .438 (14-of-32) and held Marquette to just a .226 (7-of-31) showing from the floor in the first half, while out-rebounding the Golden Eagles 25-21 with 17 of its 25 rebounds coming on the defensive end of the court.
UConn came out in the second half with a 14-0 run before the Golden Eagles scored their first points of the frame at the 13-minute mark on a Janelle Harris' jumper.
Marquette hit four three-pointers in the second half to keep within 30 but the UConn lead jumped to 34 points, their largest lead of the game, as the Huskies extended their national-best regular-season winning streak to 31 straight games.
The Huskies finished the game shooting .475 (28-of-59) from the field, including 36 points from in the paint. Marquette shot just .219 (14-of-64) from the floor and committed 22 turnovers on the night as the Huskies recorded 31 points off those mistakes. Marquette also shot 8-of-30 from behind the arc as Courtney Weibel connected on just three of her 11 attempts from three-point land.
Moore led all scorers in tonight's contest with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, marking her 24th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 59th in 61 career games. The sophomore also pulled down 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double this season and the 23rd of her career.
Montgomery added 15 points and six assists as her point tally tonight marked her 21st game with double-figure points this season and her 31st in the last 34 games overall.
Meghan Gardler (Springfield, Pa.) came off the bench for the Huskies netting a season-high five points as junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) grabbed three rebounds to move her into sole possession of seventh place on the UConn career rebounding list with her current total of 837. Charles netted 10 points in 21 minutes played.
Kalana Greene (Saint Stephen, S.C.) continued to play well for the Huskies as she contributed with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while pulling down six rebounds.
After today's win, UConn has won each of its last 57 games against BIG EAST opponents other than Rutgers in the regular season, while the Huskies improve to 186-97 all-time in the month of February. UConn has also won each of its last nine games played during the calendar's second month.
The Huskies move to a perfect 4-0 in the all-time series vs. Marquette and a perfect 2-0 in Milwaukee.
The Huskies wrap up their two-game road trip on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at St. John's University in a 7:00 p.m. (EST) match-up. The BIG EAST battle will be televised live on CPTV.
- Tonight's game marks the start of a four-game stretch that will see the Huskies play three of their next four games on the road.
- UConn moves to a perfect 4-0 in the all-time series vs. Marquette and a perfect 2-0 in Milwaukee.
- UConn has won 124 of its last 132 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season.
- UConn extends its winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 107 consecutive games.
- UConn moves to 23-0 to start a season for the fourth time since 1994-95.
- UConn opens BIG EAST play a perfect 9-0 for the 10th time since 1994-95.
- UConn has posted an 84-9 record in road games since Feb. 1, 2001.
- UConn extends its national-best regular-season winning streak to 31 straight games.
- UConn moves to 216-11 when playing as the nation's top ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
- UConn has won each of its last 57 games against BIG EAST opponents other than Rutgers in the regular season.
- UConn improves to 186-97 all-time in the month of February and has won each of its last nine games played during the calendar's second month.
- Renee Montgomery's 15 points marked her 21st game with double-figure points this season and her 31st in the last 34 games overall.
- Maya Moore's 22 points marked her 24th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 59th in 61 career games.
- UConn put together a 22-6 run over the final 9:46 of the half to turn a 20-20 game into a 42-26 UConn lead at halftime.
- UConn held Marquette without a single field goal for a 8:36 stretch in the first half.
- Tina Charles three rebounds moved her into sole possession of seventh place on the UConn career rebounding list with her current total of 837.
- UConn has led at the half in 22 of its 23 games this season and each of the last 22 overall.
- The first half featured five ties and four lead changes.
- UConn opened the second half with a 14-0 run and held Marquette without a field goal for the opening 7:01 of the half.
- Kalana Greene's 16 points marked her 10th game with double-figure points this season and the 40th of her career.
- Maya Moore's 22 points represented her 10th game with 20 points or more this season and the 23rd of her career.
- Tina Charles' 10 points marked her 19th game with double-figure points this season and the 70th of her career.
- Maya Moore's 22 points and 10 rebounds marked her 11th double-double this season and the 23rd of her career.