) – Junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) recorded her 28th career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 1/1 Connecticut women’s basketball team forced 22 Gamecock turnovers to take an eventual 77-48 victory over South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies fell to a quick 4-0 deficit, matching their largest deficit of the season, less than one minute into the game but used a quick 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, led by four points from sophomore Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.). After a deep three-pointer by South Carolina's Lakeisha Sutton to give the Gamecocks a 7-6 edge, UConn went on an 11-0 run to take an 18-7 advantage as the Huskies paved the way for their 78th regular season road win since February of 2001.
After today's win, UConn improves to a perfect 11-0 on the year, marking the third year and 10th in the last 13 overall seasons that it has opened the season with 11 consecutive victories. South Carolina falls to 6-5 on the year after today's non-conference loss. The Huskies also extended its winning streak vs. non-ranked opponents to 97 straight.
UConn shot 1-of-3 from the field to begin today's contest but used their run early on to take the lead and never look back. Senior Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) and Moore hit key three-pointers to help the Huskies take the 18-7 lead and set the tempo of the game.
Freshman Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) scored three of her 11 points on a three-point play with nine minutes to go in the first half before a 2:31 scoring drought by both teams. With 6:29 left in the first frame, Charles made a good move under the basket to put UConn up 27-14. The Huskies went into the break with a 37-19 lead.
Charles led the Huskies at the half with 14 points and 10 rebounds as she finished the game with 21 points, her ninth game in double-figure points this season, while Moore had 12 first half points and three steals. Moore finished the afternoon with her 11th straight game in double-figure points with 15 and her 47th effort in 49 career games. The sophomore added eight assists and five steals.
Montgomery added 13 points to the Huskies' tally, for her 10th game in double-digit scoring this season as Hayes picked up her fourth double-figure scoring effort of the year.
UConn out-rebounded the Gamecocks 33-30 with 24 on the defensive end. The Huskies shot 56.5% (35-for-62) from the field, holding South Carolina to just 36.7% (18-for-49). The Gamecocks also shot just 33.3% (4-for-12) from behind the arc.
South Carolina committed 22 turnovers as the Huskies took advantage, scoring 28 points off those mistakes. UConn also dominated inside with 56 of its 77 points coming from in the paint. The Huskies' 77 points in today's win matched its lowest single-game effort this season.
UConn will return to its home court after a five-game December roadtrip as the Huskies will take on the University of Hartford Hawks on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at noon in the XL Center. The game can be seen live on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV).
|1st ||2nd || ||Final |
|1/1 Connecticut ||37 ||40 || ||77 |
|South Carolina ||19 ||29 || ||48 |
- Today's game marked the final of a 5-game roadtrip - the longest for the Huskies since the 2002-03 season.
- South Carolina represents the first of two SEC opponents for the Huskies over their next three games.
- UConn improves to 78-9 in regular-season road games since Feb. 2001.
- UConn moves to 204-11 all-time when playing as the nation's No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.
- UConn improves to 160-54 in games played during the month of December.
- UConn moves to 2-0 in the all-time series with South Carolina.
- UConn ups its mark all-time against SEC opponents to 34-15 following today's win over South Carolina.
- UConn opens the season 11-0 for the third straight year and the 10th time in the last 13 seasons overall.
- UConn extends its winning streak vs. non-ranked opponents to 97 straight.
- UConn has won its last 26 games in the regular season against non-conference opponents.
- South Carolina's early 4-0 lead matched UConn's largest deficit of the season.
- UConn out-scored South Carolina 18-2 over a span of 5:46 after falling behind 4-0. - Maya Moore's 15 points mark her 11th straight game in double-figure points and her 47th in 49 career games. - Tina Charles' 21 points marks her ninth game in double-figure points this season and the 60th of her career. - Tina Charles' clinched her third double-double of the season and the 28th of her career with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Charles' finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
- Renee Montgomery's 13 points marked her 10th game in double-figure points this season and the 83rd of her career.
- UConn's 77 points in its win over South Carolina matched its lowest single-game effort this season.
- Tiffany Hayes 11 points marks her fourth game in double-figure points this season.