Nov. 14, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Tiffany Hayes netted a career-high 32 points as No. 1 UConn women's basketball team (1-0) opened the 2010-11 season with a 117-37 victory over Holy Cross (0-2) on Sunday afternoon.
Hayes' tallied 30 points in the first half, marking a UConn record for most points scored in a half, as she finished the afternoon shooting 12-of-16 from the floor, including a 4-of-7 clip from behind the arc. Her 12-made free throws also marked a career-high for the Lakeland, Fla. native.
At the 17:54 mark in the second half, Maya Moore moved into sole possession of second place on UConn's all-time scoring list as she surpassed Kerry Bascom (2,177) and Nykesha Sales (2,178) with 21 points in today's contest. The senior came into the day needing nine points to tie Bascomb and 10 to tie Sales and currently has 2,189 in 117 career games. She is 157 points shy of former teammate Tina Charles' record of 2,346. Moore finished the afternoon with seven assists to go along with her 21 points and three steals.
After shooting 69.7% from the field in the first half, led by Hayes' 30 points, UConn led Holy Cross 63-30 at intermission. The Huskies came out in the second frame outscoring Holy Cross 19-3 in the first five minutes and allowed just one Crusaders' field goal in the first 13:55 of the half. UConn limited Holy Cross to a total of two field goals in the frame, as the Crusaders shot 10.5% from the floor for seven total points in the half.
The Huskies outscored Holy Cross 54-7 in the second half as they shot 61.8% from the floor, hitting 21-of-34 attempts.
On the afternoon, UConn shot 65.7%, including a 42.9% showing from behind the arc. The Huskies also netted 20-of-24 chances from the charity stripe. UConn registered 68 points from in the paint as well as 40 bench points.
Five UConn players registered double figures, while freshman Bria Hartley came off the bench to score 18 points in her collegiate debut. Samarie Walker and Kelly Faris tallied 12 and 15 points, respectively. Faris added seven assists and a game-high nine rebounds, including seven on the defensive glass.
UConn's 80-point win ties the second highest margin of victory in program history as UConn defeated Morgan State 107-27 on Nov. 26, 1994. The UConn record is 97 points, which the Huskies achieved against Quinnipiac on Dec. 27, 1998. The 117 points scored in today's contest marked the third-best outing for UConn in program history, tying their 117-point tally on Dec. 27, 1998 against Quinnipiac.
With the win, UConn improves its record to 29-8 all-time in regular season openers and now hold an impressive all-time mark of 32-5 in home openers. Today's win also extends UConn's unbeaten streak to 79 games, dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season.
UConn will return to action on Tuesday, November 16 when the Huskies host No. 2 Baylor at the XL Center at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN2.