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No. 1/1 Women’s Basketball Handles BYU in Road Opener 96-47
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PROVO, Utah. (November 25, 2008) Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) scored 19 points to lead six members of the No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team in double figures in Tuesday night’s 96-47 victory at BYU. The Huskies (4-0) held the Cougars (2-2) to just 18 points in the second half en route to their first road victory of the season.

Montgomery shot 4-of-5 from behind-the-arc in the first half to join Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in double digits before intermission. Moore clinched her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th career double-double before halftime.

Moore finished the game with 17 points and 14 boards, shooting 7-of-9 from the field. She was just shy of a triple-double dishing off seven assists in the game.

A jumper from Tina Charles (Jamiaca, N.Y.), who finished the game with 13 points, gave UConn back its initial five-point lead at 17:52 after Keilani Moeaki scored BYU’s first basket at 18:15. The Cougars tied the game (7-7) with a layup from Mindy Nielson before Montgomery scored the first of her five three-pointers for the 10-7 Husky lead.

The Huskies would continue to build upon its lead with a seven-point run midway through the first half. Kalana Greene (St. Stephen, S.C.) capped off the run with a three at 8:15. Greene finished the game with 11 points. UConn led 24-11 after the 7-0 run that included baskets from Moore and Montgomery.

Leading by 19 points three times in the final three minutes of the first half, UConn permitted the Cougars to come no closer than 13 points (36-23) at 2:41. Lorin Dixon (Springfields Garden, N.Y.) sunk the basket with less than a minute remaining on the clock for the Huskies greatest lead of the first half (47-26).

Dixon was unable to convert the three-point play, missing the ensuing free throw after BYU’s Jazmine Foreman fouled. Dixon was 4-for-5 from the charity stripe in the game and finished with 11 points. Mindy Nielson sank a trey as the first half ended with the Huskies ahead 47-29.

UConn opened the second half with a 16-5 run before scoring 15 unanswered points over a four minute span. Caroline Doty (Doylestown, Pa.) scored five points in the run while Kaili McClaren (Washington, D.C.), Charles and Greene all scored. UConn led 77-36 after a pair of free throws from Dixon at 11:50. Dixon and McClaren finished the game with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

At 8:54, Dixon went to the line again and sank both to put the Huskies ahead, 83-38. UConn controlled the pace of play allowing the Cougers to score one three pointer before stretching its lead to 53 points (96-43) with less than a minute remaining in the game. A pair of BYU free throws and a last second jumper by Keilani Moeaki would give the game its 96-47 final.

UConn hosts No. 4 Oklahoma at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on Sunday. Tip-off is 8:15 p.m. 


1st 2nd Final
1/1 Connecticut 47 49 96
BYU 29 18 47

Postgame Notes

- Tonight's game marked UConn's third over a six-day stretch

- Tonight's game marked UConn's first-ever in the state of Utah

- UConn moves to a perfect 2-0 all-time vs. BYU

- UConn improves to a perfect 8-0 against opponents from the Mountain West Conference

- UConn improves to 26-9 all-time in road openers and have won 12 of its last 13 overall.

- UConn moves to 77-9 in its last 66 road games.

- UConn extends its current winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 91 straight.

- UConn moves its all-time record in the month of November to 84-14 and have won its last 19 games played overall during the month.

- UConn opens the season 4-0 for the fifth straight season and the 12th time in the last 13 years.

- UConn extends its winning streak against non-conference opponents to 19 consecutive.

-    UConn is 226-3 all-time against non-ranked opponents dating back to Jan. 31, 1999.

- UConn's 12 three point field goals marked its most since hitting 14 against Auburn March 23, 2004.

- Tina Charles 13 points marked fourth straight game with double-figure points this season and the 55th of her career

- Kalana Greene's 11 points marked her third game with double-figure points this season and the 33rd of her career.

- Kaili McLaren's 10 points marked her first game in double-figure points this season and the seventh of her career. 

- UConn had five players post double-figure points for the fourth straight game to open the season.

- Renee Montgomery's 19 points moved her past Leigh Curl (1,388) and Tamika Williams (1,402) into 17th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,407.

- Tina Charles' 13 points moved her past Ashley Battle (1,054) into 29th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,062.

- Renee Montgomery's five 3-point field goals moved her past Kerry Bascom (161) into eighth place on the UConn career 3-point list with her current total of 165.

- Maya Moore finished just three assists shy of a triple-double (17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists).

- Renee Montgomery's 19 points marked her 14th straight game in double-figure points, her fourth this season and the 77th of her career.