Dec. 5, 2010
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HARTFORD, Conn. -
Maya Moore became UConn's all-time scoring leader as the No. 1 UConn women's basketball team improved to 8-0 on the year as the Huskies' downed Sacred Heart 86-32 at the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday afternoon.
Moore, who entered the contest needing eight points to tie Tina Charles' record of 2,346 career points, tallied her record-breaking 2,347th -point at the 12:42 mark
of the first half to surpass Charles, who held the top spot since last season.
After this afternoon's contest, Moore has improved her tally to 2,355 career points in 124 career games.
The senior went a perfect 7-of-7 in the first frame as she finished the day with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. She added seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.
With the victory, UConn extends its win streak to 86 games.
In the first half, UConn outscored Sacred Heart 57-16 and out rebounded the Pioneers a commanding 26-3. In the frame, Sacred Heart (3-4) made just four field goals in 26 attempts for a 15.4-percentage. The Huskies' defense remained solid, holding the Pioneers without a field goal for a span of 8:06 midway throughout the half.
UConn shot 23-of-31 in the first half for a 74.2-percentage, its best first-half effort this season. Freshmen Samarie Walker and Lauren Engeln combined for UConn's final 10 points of the frame as the Huskies went into the locker room at intermission with a 41-point lead.
The Huskies' 57 first-half points totaled more than Sacred Heart scored in the entire game, marking the 33rd time over UConn's 86-game win streak that UConn has scored more points in a half than its opponent scored in a game.
UConn's largest lead of the contest came at the 5:47 of the second half as a Kelly Faris' jumper in the paint gave UConn a 55-point lead to make the score 82-27.
UConn finished the day shooting 33-of-56 from the field as four Huskies registered double-figures, led by Tiffany Hayes with 18 points.
Hayes shot of 7-of-11 from the field, while adding two steals and four assists.
Faris pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, including six on the defensive glass.
Bria Hartley and Walker added 11 points apiece in the contest, as Walker chipped in with three steals and four rebounds.
The Huskies' held Sacred Heart to an 11-of-51 (.216) showing from the floor to mark the 235th consecutive game that UConn has not allowed an opponent to shoot over .500.
With today's non-conference win, UConn improves to 110-11 all-time in games played at the XL Center and have won each of its last 36 games played in Hartford. Since the 1985-86 season, the Huskies are a perfect 26-0 against intrastate opponents.
UConn will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 9 as the Huskies will host Marquette in their BIG EAST home opener at Gampel Pavilion. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.