Feb. 11, 2009
JAMAICA, N.Y. - Three Huskies recorded 20 or more points for the first time in over 10 seasons as the No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team defeated St. John's University 77-64 in BIG EAST play on Wednesday night at the Carnesecca Arena.
Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) each netted 20 or more points in tonight's contest as they guided UConn to a perfect 24-0 start this season, the fifth time since 1994-95 that UConn has remained undefeated in its first 24 match-ups.
Both Montgomery and Charles dropped 21 points on the night, while Moore added 20 points and 11 rebounds for her third straight double-double and her team-best 13th this season.
With the win, the Huskies now lead the all-time series against St. John's 35-16, while winning the last 25 meetings between the two programs. UConn improves to a perfect 24-0 on the year and 10-0 in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm drop to 15-8 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
The Huskies shot .548 (17-of-31) from the floor in the first half as three Huskies posted double figures, including Charles with 14 points and Moore with 10. The two combined for six blocked shots in the frame as the Huskies went into the locker room with a 45-30 lead at the break.
St. John's Da'Shena Stevens kept the Red Storm in the game in the first frame as she led her team with 13 points and six boards. The Huskies hit five three-pointers as Montgomery connected on three behind the arc to guide her program into the half with a 15-point advantage.
The Huskies struggled at the beginning of the second half on the offensive end of the court as St. John's posted a 9-0 run to cut the UConn lead to seven with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
But Charles broke through the Huskies scoring drought by hitting a lay up at the 11:10 mark of the second half that sparked 6-0 UConn run to extend their lead to 62-49.
The Huskies hit three consecutive three-pointers to open to a 19-point lead with four minutes left in the contest as they went on an 11-2 run in a span of 2:30. Despite not scoring in the last 3:46 of the game, the Huskies finished the game shooting .452 (28-of-62), including a 9-for-24 showing from three-point range.
Stevens finished tonight's contest with a team-high 27 points and nine rebounds for the Red Storm as her team out-rebounded the Huskies 42-37.
Montgomery notched her 10th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 22nd this season with her 21-point performance as she added seven assists. Moore also picked up a season-high four blocked shots as the Huskies' recorded 11 on the night.
With her 21-point effort tonight, Charles moved past Charde Houston into 23rd place on the UConn career scoring list as she currently has 1,376 career points. Freshman Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) scored 12 points for the Huskies as well, marking her 11th game with double-figure points this season and her fifth in the last six games overall.
After tonight's win, UConn has won 125 of its last 133 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season and extends its winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 108 consecutive games.
UConn returns to Gampel Pavilion for an afternoon battle with No. 19/24 Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feb. 15. The BIG EAST showcase is set for a 3:30 p.m. tip on ESPN2.