Feb. 15, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team used a 22-3 run in the opening 5:51 of today's contest to put away the No. 19/23 Pittsburgh Panthers 95-42 in BIG EAST play on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 9,987 in Gampel Pavilion.
Senior Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) led the Huskies in their opening run, netting seven of UConn's 22 points. During that time span, Pittsburgh committed five turnovers as the Huskies scored eight points off those mistakes. The Panthers also shot just 1-of-7 from the floor to give the Huskies the dominating 19-point advantage. The Huskies improve to a perfect 25-0 on the season, the fifth time doing so since the 1994-95 season. Pittsburgh drops to 18-5 on the year and 8-3 in the BIG EAST, while UConn moves to an impressive 11-0 in the conference.
Three players posted double-doubles in today's BIG EAST victory as Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the way recording 18 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double and her team-leading 14th this season. Following Moore was junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) with 18 points and 11 boards, while Kalana Greene (Saine Stephen, S.C.) netted 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. UConn dominated the first half of play as the Huskies shot .448 (13-of-29) from the floor as Montgomery scored 15 points. The Panthers shot just .235 (8-of-34) in the first frame and gave the Huskies 22 opportunities on the free throw line as they connected on 18 of those attempts.
Freshman Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.), who saw limited playing time in the first half after picking up three quick fouls in the first four minutes of the contest, came out in the second half shooting 4-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, to net 12 of her 15 points.
Montgomery had yet another stellar outing for the Huskies as she recorded a game-high 20 points for her second straight contest with 20 of more points and her eighth this season.
Moore, who added three steals and four assists to her numbers, scored in double-figures for the 25th time this season and the 61st time in 63 career games.
Meghan Gardler (Springfield, Pa.) came off the bench for the Huskies and scored a season-high seven points as she was perfect from the floor and free throw line. Lorin Dixon (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) tied her season-high with six assists on the afternoon.
The Huskies took their largest lead of the game with 1:26 left on the clock as they went up by 53 and clinched the victory. UConn's 95 total points were also the most points allowed by the Pittsburgh defense this season.
After today's win, UConn is 89-2 in its last 91 games at Gampel Pavilion as the Huskies improve to 19-6 all-time at home against the Panthers. The Huskies have not lost to the Panthers on their home court since Jan. 7, 1988.
The Huskies return to the road for a game at BIG EAST opponent Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 18 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Gym.