Nov. 16, 2010
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HARTFORD, Conn. -
Maya Moore scored 30 points as the No. 1 UConn women's basketball team edged No. 2 Baylor 65-64 in front of a crowd of 12,628 at the XL Center on Tuesday night as part of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
The win gives UConn its 80th consecutive victory as the Huskies improve to 2-0 on the year, while Baylor drops to 3-1.
With the game on the line in the final minutes of tonight's contest, Moore hit a jumper in the lane at the 1:16 mark to give UConn a 65-62 lead. Baylor missed its next attempt down the floor but grabbed the rebound to set up a Melissa Jones' layup to bring the Lady Bears to within one. With seven seconds on the clock, Moore missed a jumper as Jones grabbed the rebound but Baylor could not get a shot off before time on the clock expired, giving UConn the one-point victory.
Down the stretch, freshman Bria Hartley was the game-changer for the Huskies as she tallied eight of her nine points, hitting two 3-pointers and connecting on a layup in the final 3:56 of the contest. Her second 3-pointer gave UConn a 63-60 lead with just over two minutes to go before Jones' made field goal and then Moore's late jumper.
Tonight marked the 15th time UConn has played in a game featuring the top-two ranked teams in the Associated Press top-25 poll. With the win, UConn moves to 13-2 all-time in those games and now is 10-1 when ranked No. 1 in the country in those contests.
Moore finished the night shooting 11-of-26 from the floor, while adding seven rebounds. She also picked up six steals, tying her career-high. Tiffany Hayes tallied 16 points and four assists as the junior and Moore combined for 28 of UConn's 35 points in the first half of play.
Baylor took an early five-point lead at the 16:54 mark in the first half as Baylor sophomore Brittney Griner netted two points before UConn went on a 12-2 run led by six points from Moore. UConn extended its lead to as much as eight points in the first frame as Moore hit her second 3-pointer of the night to give the Huskies a 29-21 lead with 3:37 left before intermission.
UConn struggled early on in tonight's contest as the Huskies shot 33.3% from the field in the first half, a 12-of-36 clip from the floor. The Huskies' held Griner to one field goal in the half and forced 17 Lady Bears' turnovers.
Samarie Walker pulled down five boards in the first half as she finished the night with seven rebounds and four points in 25 minutes of work.
UConn opened the second half with an 8-2 run in the first four minutes to extend its lead to 13 points before Baylor put together its own 12-2 run in span of 3:34, with 10 of those 12 points coming from Griner.
Griner finished the night with 19 points, hitting just 5-of-13 from the free throw line, while she added nine blocked shots. Baylor hit 22-of-44 from the floor on the night as the Lady Bears outscored the Huskies 37-30 in the second half.
Baylor committed 24 turnovers on the night, while UConn scored 17 points off those miscues. The Lady Bears also scored 30 points in the paint. UConn out-rebounded Baylor 40-35 in its 35th straight win at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
The No. 1 Huskies will hit the road and head to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 21. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. and the contest will be televised on CPTV.