Feb. 19, 2011
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Bid on Coach Auriemma's Game-Worn Tie
STORRS, Conn. - Bria Hartley scored a career-high 29 points as the No. 2 University of Connecticut women's basketball team downed No. 8 Notre Dame 78-57 on Saturday afternoon in Gampel Pavilion.
With the victory, UConn improves to 26-1 overall this season and a perfect 13-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. For the Irish, it was just their second loss in conference action after losing to the Huskies in South Bend on January 8. Notre Dame falls to 11-2 in the league and 22-5 overall on the year.
Despite starting today's contest with two missed field goal attempts and three turnovers in the first 2:34 to give Notre Dame a 7-0 lead, UConn rallied back by putting together a 7-2 run to take its first lead of the afternoon at 17-16 with 11:43 left in the first half.
UConn extended its run to as much as 16-5 as Hartley netted eight points, highlighted by two 3-pointers. The freshman finished the first frame with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Maya Moore was held to seven points in the first half as she hit her first field goal with 5:29 left on the clock in the frame. UConn led by 10 at intermission as the Huskies shot 16-of-30 for 53.3% in the half. The Huskies out-rebounded the Irish 21-15 in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Huskies opened the second half with back-to-back three pointers by Tiffany Hayes and Moore to extend their advantage to 14 at 43-29.
Midway through the second half, UConn put together a 14-2 run to take a 20-point lead as Hartley hit her third three pointer of the contest.
UConn hit its largest lead of the afternoon at the 8:31 mark of the second half as the Huskies took a 23-point lead on a Hartley three pointer to make the score 63-40.
Hartley finished the game with a career-high 10 made field goals as she shot 10-of-16 from the floor in 37 minutes of work. She shot 5-of-9 from behind the arc and hit 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Moore's 12 points marked her 139th career game in double figures as she added seven rebounds and seven assists.
Freshman Stefanie Dolson had a solid outing as well as she scored 15 points while tallying four steals. Hayes was the fourth Husky to register double figures as she netted 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor.
Kelly Faris struggled from the floor in today's contest but grabbed six rebounds and tallied six steals, a career-high.
UConn shot 54.7% on the afternoon on 29-of-53 shooting, while Notre Dame shot 36.4% for 20-of-55. The Irish committed 19 turnovers as the Huskies scored 33 points off those miscues. UConn also recorded 22 assists on 29 made field goals, while Notre Dame recorded just eight.
The win marks UConn's 76th consecutive win at home since the Huskies' loss to Rutgers in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship final on March 6, 2007 in Hartford.
The Huskies are back in action on Tuesday, February 22 when the team welcomes Seton Hall for a BIG EAST Conference battle in Hartford. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the XL Center.