No. 1/1 Women's Basketball Looks to Move to 20-0 vs. Rutgers Tuesday

    Tina Charles and No. 1/1 Connecticut will host Rutgers Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. (ET) tip at the XL Center in Hartford

    Tina Charles and No. 1/1 Connecticut will host Rutgers Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. (ET) tip at the XL Center in Hartford

    Jan. 25, 2010

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    Game #20...

    #1/#1 Connecticut Huskies (19-0, 6-0 Big East)
    vs. Rutgers (12-7, 4-1 BIG

    Date:               Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Tipoff:             7:00 p.m. (ET)

    Site:                Hartford, Conn.

    Arena:             XL Center (16,294)

    TV:                  The UConn-Rutgers game will be televised live on CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (color) on the call.

    Radio/Web:     The UConn-Rutgers game will be broadcast live on the UConn Radio Network with Bob Joyce (play-by-play) and Kara Wolters (color) on the call.

    Up Next:          UConn hits the road for a game at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2:00 p.m. that will be televised live on CPTV.


    NO. 1/1 CONNECTICUT LOOKS FOR WIN NO. 20 VS. RUTGERS:  No. 1/1 Connecticut returns to the XL Center in Hartford for the first time since Jan. 4 when it plays host to BIGEAST rival Rutgers beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.

    The Huskies are a perfect 12-0 at home this season, including a 3-0 mark at the XL Center. 

    UConn has won its previous three games this season in Hartford by an average of 29.7 ppg, which included victories over Hartford, Stanford and USF. 

    Connecticut will be looking to run its record to a perfect 20-0 for the third consecutive season and enters has won each of its last 51 consecutive home games - the longest streak nationally. 

    UConn has also won each of its last 27 games played at the XL Center in Hartford.

    UConn leads the all-time series with Rutgers 24-6 and have won each of the last four meetings in the series by an average of 14.8 ppg.

    UConn has won 138 of its last 146 games against Big East opponents in the regular season, including its last 29 overall entering Tuesday’s game vs. Rutgers.

    UConn has won each of its last 128 games against non-ranked opponents and its last 235 games at home against non-ranked foes.

    The Huskies have won 58 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s meeting with Rutgers - the second-longest winning streak in NCAAhistory.

    This marks the first season since 2002-03 that will see UConn and Rutgers face off against each other only once in the regular season.


    LAST OF THE UNDEFEATED:  UConn enters play Tuesday as one of two remaining undefeated teams nationally. 

    The Huskies are joined by Nebraska.


    THE WINNING STREAK:  UConn enters Tuesday’s game vs. Rutgers having won 58 consecutive games - the second-longest winning streak in NCAA Women’s Basketball Division I history.


    Longest NCAA Division I Win Streak

    70                    Connecticut (2001-03)

    58                    Connecticut (2008-present)

    54                Louisiana Tech (1980-82)

    46                Tennessee (1996-98)


    HUSKIES AT 20-0:   Connecticut will be seeking to open the season 20-0 for the third straight time and the seventh time since 1994-95.


    STIFLING DEFENSE: Connecticut enters play Tuesday night well on pace to shatter the program’s scoring record for fewest points allowed per game, with its current total of 44.4 ppg allowed - through 19 games.

    The UConn record is 51.4 ppg allowed in 2004-05.

    Connecticut has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of less than .300 in eight games this season and less than .400 in 18 of 19 games this season.


    HUSKIES IN JANUARY:  UConn boasts an all-time mark of 224-83 in games played in the month of January.

    The Huskies have won each of their last 31 games played during the calendar's first month.


    UCONN AS NO. 1:  UConn is 251-11 (.958) all-time when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.

    The Huskies most recent loss when ranked No. 1 came on April 6, 2008 vs. Stanford.


    THE MARGIN OF VICTORY: UConn enters Tuesday’s game vs. Rutgers having won its first 19 games by an average margin of 39.3 points - all 19 wins have been by a minimum margin of 12 points.


    Maya Moore 5TH STRAIGHT HUSKY NAMED BIG EAST POW: UConn junior Maya Moore was named BIGEAST Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 25 - marking the fourth straight week in which a player from UConn has been honored as teammate Tina Charles earned recognition in each of the previous three weeks.

    Moore averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week for the Huskies that included road wins over then-No. 7/7 Duke and Villanova.

    Moore has earned a total of two BIGEAST weekly honors this season, while a UConn player has been recognized by the league in six of the initial 10 weeks this season.


    CHARLES CLOSING IN ON 2,000: Senior Tina Charles enters Tuesday’s game with 1,972 career points - just 28 shy of becoming the sixth player in UConn history to reach 2,000 points in a career.

    Charles will be playing her 133rd career game vs. Rutgers on Tuesday night - if she hits the mark, she will be the third-fastest UConn player in history to reach the milestone.


                       1.  Nykesha Sales (95-98)                   2,178                         (137 games)

                       2.  Kerry Bascom (88-91)                   2,177                         (120 games)

                       3.  Diana Taurasi (01-04)                    2,156                         (144 games)

                       4. Kara Wolters (94-97)                     2,141                         (137 games)

                       5.  Rebecca Lobo (92-95)                    2,133                         (126 games)

                       6.  Renee Montgomery (06-09)            1,990

                       7.  Tina Charles (07-pres.)                  1,972              


    MOORE SEEING 20: UConn junior Maya Moore enters Tuesday’s game vs. Rutgers having scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games - which includes wins over Notre Dame, Duke and Villanova.

    Moore has registered at least 20 points in 11 games this season and 40 times in her career entering Tuesday’s matchup with the Scarlet Knights.


    UCONN ALL-TIME VS. RUTGERS:  UConn and Rutgers will be meeting for the 31st time overall in the sport of women’s basketball when they square off Tuesday.

    The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Scarlet Knights 24-6 and have won each of the last four meetings in the series by an average of 14.8 ppg.

    UConn is 14-1 at home all-time against Rutgers during the regular season with the lone loss coming during the 2005-06 season at Gampel Pavilion.

    The Huskies are a 7-1 all-time vs. the Scarlet Knights at the XL Center in Hartford - with the lone loss coming in the 2007 BIGEAST Championship Game by a score of 55-47 - that setback also represents the Huskies’ last loss in Hartford.


    Rutgers (24-6)

    H: 14-1; A: 7-4; N: 3-1

    1/24/96           W               96-68               H

    2/18/96           W               73-61               A

    3/3/96             W               93-64               H

    1/15/97           W               78-45               H

    12/31/97          W               82-69               H

    2/10/98           L                 70-74               A

    3/3/98             W               67-58               N

    1/27/99           W               56-55               A

    1/17/00           W               65-50               H

    2/12/00           W               49-45               A

    3/7/00             W               79-59               H

    2/14/01           W               70-45               H

    3/5/01             W               94-66               H

    2/23/02           W               80-42               A

    1/8/03             W               67-62               H

    1/19/04           W               72-47               H

    2/14/04           W               66-43               A

    2/3/05             W               57-44               H

    2/13/05           L                 62-76               A

    3/8/05             W               67-51               N

    2/7/06             L                 56-60               H

    2/27/06           L                 42-48               A

    2/6/07             W               60-50               H

    2/26/07           W               70-44               A

    3/6/07             L                 47-55               N

    2/5/08             L                 71-73               A

    3/3/08             W               66-46               H

    4/1/08             W               66-56               N

    2/3/09             W               75-56               H

    3/2/09             W               69-59               A