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    UConn is now the 18th team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball program to achieve 700 wins.

    UConn improves to 19-2 and remains perfect at 9-0 in the BIG EAST. Cincinnati falls to 12-9 and 3-6 in the conference.

    Tonight’s game marked UConn’s first-ever appearance in Cincinnati. The Huskies are now 7-1 on the road this season and have won 62 of their last 70 road games dating back to February 2001.

    Greene’s 20 points extended her streak of games with double-figure points to seven consecutive and marked her 16th such game this season. Junior Mel Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W.Va.) each finished with 14 points, marking Thomas’ 10th game in double-figure points this season and the 15th of the season for Montgomery.

    The Bearcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead to begin the contest, but a 19-0 run over the next 4:10 by the Huskies saw UConn taking a 19-6 advantage. The run was highlighted by a deep 3-pointer from Montgomery and a jumper on the wing by Greene.

    Montgomery drove through the lane untouched for two points at the 11-minute mark before freshman Kaili McLaren (Washington, D.C.) nailed two from the stripe to put UConn up 23-10. Greene got another basket with 3:41 on the clock before Thomas hit from beyond the arc for a 13-point advantage at 34-21.

    With less than a minute remaining in the first half, freshman Tina Charles (Jamacia, N.Y.) fought in the post for a bucket. The Huskies owned a 38-26 edge going into the halftime break. UConn was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes.

    Thomas knocked down her third 3-pointer of the night with 18:16 on the clock for a 43-32 lead. On the ensuing possession, Charles sealed off a Bearcat defender for a basket after a quick pass from Montgomery.

    Cincinnati trimmed the UConn lead to seven points at 45-38 by out-scoring the Huskies 19-10 over the opening 5:34 of the second half before Greene converted for two on a layup at 13:31 to go up by nine at 47-38.

    Junior Ketia Swanier (Columbus, Ga.) ended a 10-0 run by Cincinnati with a long-range jumper to stay ahead at 55-52 but a layup by the Bearcats cut the lead again to just one point.

    Cincinnati took its first lead since 6-0 with two free throws to move ahead 56-55. UConn regained the lead after the help of two free throws by Thomas with 5:10 to go. Montgomery hit a clutch 3-pointer for a 62-60 lead.

    A block by McLaren transitioned into two points in the paint for Greene as UConn went up by four. Montgomery drained a jumper just inside in the top of the key with 59 seconds remaining in the game to cap off a late 7-0 run that put the Huskies up 66-60. 

    Connecticut out-scored Cincinnati 15-2 over the final 5:05 of regulation. Cincinnati had one field goal over the final 5:49 of the contest.

    McLaren had eight points and eight rebounds in the win while Swanier also contributed eight points.

    UConn is 93-7 in its last 100 BIG EAST Conference games following tonight’s win – dating back to Jan. 18, 2001.

    The Huskies wrap up their two-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Marquette in an 8:00 p.m. (ET) tip in a game that will be broadcast live by CPTV.

     

    SCOREBOARD 1st 2nd   Final Connecticut 38 32   70 Cincinnati 26 34   60

    Game Notes
     

    ü      Tonight’s win marks the 700th in UConn women’s basketball history – the Huskies are the 18th team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history joining Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, Texas, Old Dominion, James Madison, Stephen F. Austin, Tennessee Tech, Long Beach State, Penn State, Ohio State, Richmond, Western Kentucky, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Auburn, Georgia and Stanford.

    ü      UConn has won five consecutive games and seven of its last eight overall.

    ü      UConn improves to 2-0 all-time vs. Cincinnati.

    ü      Tonight’s game marked UConn’s first-ever appearance in Cincinnati.

    ü      UConn improves to 7-1 on the road this season and a perfect 5-0 in BIG EAST road games.

    ü      UConn moves to 9-0 in BIG EAST play with tonight’s win – the second consecutive season that the Huskies have opened the conference slate with none consecutive wins and the ninth time in the program’s history.

    ü      UConn has won 62 of its last 70 road games dating back to February 2001.

    ü      UConn has won 192 of its last 195 games vs. non-ranked opponents.

    ü      UConn is 93-7 in its last 100 BIG EAST Conference games following tonight’s win – dating back to Jan. 18, 2001.

    ü      Mel Thomas’ 14 points marked her 10th game in double-figure points this season and the 34th of her career.

    ü      Kalana Greene’s 20 points extended her streak of games with double-figure points to seven consecutive and marked her 16th such game this season.

     

     

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