– The No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 109-51 victory over Washington in its opening game at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun on Thursday afternoon.
UConn junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) was dominant as she began the game a perfect 13-of-13 from the field and finished 13-of-15 overall while posting a season-high 29 points for the second consecutive game.
Joining Charles in double-figure points for Connecticut was Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who netted 23 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and the 15th of her career. Tahirah Williams (Montclair, N.J.) added 13, while Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) chipped in 10.
The win ups the Huskies’ overall record to a perfect 8-0, while Washington slips to 3-4 overall.
UConn has now won 35 consecutive in-season tournament games and extends its winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 94 straight. The Huskies have also won each of their last 23 games against non-conference foes.
The 109 points marked the most UConn has notched this season and the 57th time in the program’s history it has hit the century mark. It also represented the most points the Huskies have put up in a single game since also recording 109 vs. Pepperdine on Dec. 20, 2002.
As a team, Connecticut also got off to a hot shooting start as it connected on each of its first six field goals and 8-of-9 overall as it opened a lead as large as 35 points in the opening half while out-scoring Washington 57-24 over the initial 20 minutes. The Huskies shot a .706 (24-of-34) clip from the field in the first half.
The Huskies continued to overmatch Washington in the second half as they saw their lead balloon to as much as 62 points. UConn’s defense limited Washington to a .263 (10-35) field goal percentage in the second half en route to the decisive 58-point final margin.
The Huskies return to action in Cancun, Mexico, at the Caribbean Classic on Friday, Dec. 19, when it will face Northern Colorado (4-5) for the first time in program history in a 7:00 p.m. (ET) tip.
UConn’s games in Cancun against Northern Colorado on Dec. 19 (7:00 p.m. ET) and Florida State on Dec. 21 (4:30 p.m. ET) will be televised live on CPTV (Connecticut Public Television).
All the Huskies’ games at the Caribbean Classic this week can be heard live on the UConn Radio Network and via the internet at UConnHuskies.com.
|1st ||2nd || ||Final |
|Washington ||24 ||27 || ||51 |
|1/1 Connecticut ||57 ||52 || ||109 |
- Today’s victory moves UConn to a perfect 8-0 on the season for the third straight year and the 11th in the last 13 seasons overall.
- Today’s contest marked UConn’s second of a five-game road trip.
- UConn extends its winning streak in regular-season tournament games to 35 straight.
- UConn moves to 201-11 all-time when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top-25.
- UConn improves to 157-54 all-time in the month of December and has won each of its last 19 games played during the calendar’s final month.
- UConn moves to 3-0 all-time vs. Washington following today’s opening win at the Caribbean Classic.
- UConn moves to 14-7 all-time against Pac-10 opponents following today’s win over Washington.
- UConn extends its winning streak vs. non-ranked opponents to 94 straight.
- Today’s game snapped UConn’s streak of televised games at 316.
- UConn has won each of its last 23 games against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
- UConn opened the game with a 9-0 run over the initial 1:48.
- UConn made each of its first six field goals and eight of its first nine overall.
- Tina Charles shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the field in the first half before finishing with 18 points in the opening half.
- Maya Moore had a double-double by halftime as she registered 16 points and 10 rebounds.
- Maya Moore finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and the 15th of her career.
- Connecticut’s 109 points marked its most since scoring 109 vs. Pepperdine in 2002.
- The 109 points marked the second time it has registered 100 or more points this season and 57th time in the program’s history.