Nov. 26, 2010
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STORRS, Conn. -
The No. 1 UConn women's basketball team held Howard to nine second-half points as the Huskies cruised to an 86-25 victory over the Bison on Friday night in Gampel Pavilion as part of the World Vision Challenge in Storrs, Conn.
UConn (4-0) opened the second half of tonight's contest with an 18-2 run in the first 7:36 of the frame and outscored the Bison 34-9 in the final 20 minutes of play to cruise to the 61-point victory. The Huskies limited Howard (2-4) to just four field goals in the second half, while the Bison finished 9-of-46 on the night. The Bison were held without a field goal for the final 9:22 of the contest. UConn went 34-of-60 for a 56.7 shooting percentage in its 82nd straight victory.
Maya Moore led the Huskies' charge as she netted 20 points on a near-perfect outing from the floor, finishing the night 7-of-9 from the field, including a 2-of-2 clip from behind the arc. Bria Hartley scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting as she recorded a season-best four 3-pointers in six attempts. The freshman added six assists on the night.
Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 13 points as she netted 11 in the final 5:05 of the first half and accounted for 11 of UConn's final 15 points in the frame.
The Huskies outscored Howard 44-4 in the paint and registered 29 points off 20 Bison turnovers. UConn also recorded 23 second chance points, while Howard was held scoreless in that category.
UConn began the night with a 12-3 run, including a 9-0 spurt in the first 3:26 before Howard's first made field goal at the 16:11 mark in the first half. The Huskies held Howard to just 16 points in that half, the least amount of points given up by UConn in a first half since holding Temple to 12 first-half points on March 23, 2010.
Moore's 20 points moves her 77 shy of Tina Charles, who is ranked at the top on UConn's all-time scoring list with 2,346 career points. Moore is averaging 25.3 points per game this season to lead the Huskies with 101 points on the year.
Kelly Faris finished the night with a solid effort, registering seven points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Heather Buck also recorded a career-high with eight points as she finished a perfect 2-of-2 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
With tonight's win, the Huskies improve to 275-3 in its last 278 games against opponents not ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll. On their home court, the Huskies are now 303-11 since the 1993-94 season and boast a record of 213-5 in Gampel since that season.
UConn will return to action on Friday, November 27 when the Huskies host Lehigh in their second game of the World Vision Challenge in Gampel Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Lehigh dropped a 74-63 decision to LSU in Friday night's tournament opener.