Nov. 25, 2011
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Fairleigh Dickinson scored just five points in the first half against No. 2 Connecticut on Friday.
But the Knights were outscored by just seven in the second half of the 74-28 UConn rout, and FDU coach Pete Cinella would rather focus on that.
"We only had 17 turnovers, which was a positive thing, and we had some freshmen step up," he said. "Erika Livermore had nine rebounds, Torrie Childs, in her first start of the season, had seven rebounds. We were just looking to get some positive things out of this game and try to get better, because we will not see another team like that."
Freshman Brianna Banks scored 17 points for the Huskies, who extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games.
Kaleena Masqueda-Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds for UConn (4-0), which jumped out to a 44-5 halftime lead and then appeared to coast the rest of the way.
UConn held the Knights without a field goal for the game's first 13 minutes and 20 seconds. Mariyah Laury's jumper made it 29-3 came on FDU's 20th shot from the floor.
Connecticut set a school record for fewest points allowed in a half. It had been six in a 2005 win over Providence.
"I think we played great defense," said Banks. "We just didn't really do anything on offense like we should have."
The five points for FDU was just two off the record for the fewest points scored in any half of a Division I women's game. Savannah State trailed Florida State 54-3 at halftime Nov. 23, 2003. Georgia TECH led 49-3 over Tennessee State on Dec. 30, 2010.
It appeared Farleigh Dickinson was going to add its name to that list, but Torrie Childs hit a bank shot in the lane with 42 seconds remaining in the half, and UConn went into intermission up 39.
Fairleigh Dickinson ended up 2 for 29 from the floor in the half. They hit seven of 26 in the second and shot just over 16 percent from the floor for the game.
"We just tried to do as many positive things as we could," said FDU coach Pete Cinella. "It was a very tight second half. They only outscored us by seven. A couple of plays could have gone either way, and we could have outscored them. We just try to take as many positive things as we can."
UConn now won 160 consecutive games against teams outside of the Top 25, and 253 straight against the unranked at home.
Stephanie Isaacs andLivermore had six points each for Farleigh Dickinson (1-4), which features six newcomers and five true freshmen including Livermore.
"We had a lot of open shots that we just missed. It looked a little frustrating because the score was so lopsided, but we actually had some nice possessions," Cinella said. "The shots just didn't fall."
FDU will play Dayton in its second game of the round-robin World Vision Classic on Saturday. The Flyers beat Buffalo 94-74 on Friday. The Knights get the Bulls on Sunday.
Connecticut pulled down 63 rebounds against the undersized Knights, who had just 39. UConn played its entire bench and eight players made it into the scoring column.
Mosqueda-Lewis become the first Husky in double figures. Her jumper with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game made it 65-23.
Connecticut is now 297-3 in its last 300 games against unranked opponents, with its last loss coming in December, 2004 at Arizona State.
UConn hasn't lost to a team from the Northeast Conference since January, 1983 when Monmouth beat the Huskies 83-64.