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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (February 9, 2008) – Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the No. 1 University of Connecticut women's basketball team to a 82-36 win over Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon at the Pirates' Walsh Gymnasium.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 22-1 overall on the season and 9-1 in BIG EAST action. The Pirates dip to 13-9 on the year and 3-7 in conference play. The Huskies bounced back from Tuesday's two-point loss at No. 7 Rutgers, extending its streak of not losing consecutive games to 523 contests dating back to the 1992-93 season.
Moore' 28 points marked the eighth time this year that she has scored at least 20. It is the sixth double-double of the year for Moore who has hit double figures in points for each of her 23 collegiate contests. On Saturday, the freshman had a double-double by halftime (18 points, 11 rebounds).
Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored 18 points for UConn and Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, W. Va.) chipped in 17. The UConn defense, meanwhile, held Seton Hall to 21-percent shooting from the floor (12-for-56) and forced 26 Pirate turnovers.
In the game, UConn held massive advantages in points in the paint (34-4), points off of turnovers (36-2) and fast break points (20-0).
The Pirates scored the game's first basket but Moore countered with a three-pointer at 18:55 and the Huskies led for the remainder of the game. The Pirates kept it close for the first half of the first half, cutting UConn's lead to three points at 13-10 with 11:28 to play on a Ebonie Williams triple. The Huskies answered with a 14-1 run which put UConn on top 27-11 by the 7:48 mark as the margin opened up. Moore and Ketia Swanier (Columbus, Ga.) both had five points during this stretch.
The Pirates trimmed their deficit to 12 points with 5:40 to play in the half after a pair of free throws made it a 27-15 game. The Huskies took charge again from there, closing the first half on a 17-3 run to take a 44-18 edge at intermission. UConn hit five of seven shots on this run and all five of its free throw attempts.
The game would come no closer in the second half than the 26-point margin shown on the scoreboard when it began. Just over two minutes into the half the lead hit 30 on a Charles jumper that made it 51-20. It swelled to 40 four minutes later when the second of a pair of made free throws by Moore made it a 65-25 contest. Seton Hall would draw no closer than 39 points away over the final 12:30 of the half as the Huskies ran away to a 82-36 win, its 25th in a row against the Pirates.
The Huskies will return to action on Tuesday night when they play host to Georgetown at Gampel Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. The game will air live on CPTV.
SCOREBOARD 1st 2nd Final 1/1 Connecticut 44 38 82 Seton Hall 18 18 36
- UConn has gone 523 consecutive games without suffering back-to-back defeats - dating back to the end of the 1992-93 season.
- UConn is now 44-0 following a loss after today's win at Seton Hall during its streak without back-to-back losses.
- UConn moves to 73-9 on the road since Feb. 1, 2001.
- UConn has won 21 of its last 23 BIG EAST road games.
- UConn has now won 44 consecutive BIG EAST regular season games against opponents other than Rutgers.
- UConn moves to 181-10 when playing as the nation's No. 1 ranked team.
- UConn improves to 44-10 in the all-time series vs. Seton Hall and has won the last 24 meetings in the series.
- UConn is 109-8 in its last 117 games vs. BIG EAST opponents in the regular season - since Jan. 18, 2001.
- UConn ups its record vs. non-ranked opponents to 214-3 in its last 217 games (dating back to Jan. 31, 1999).
- UConn took control of the game with a 12-0 run over a 3:16 span in the first half.
- Maya Moore’s 28 points (399 for career) moved her up three spots on the UConn freshman scoring list with her current total of 389 points – she moved past Carla Berube, Ann Strother and Nykesha Sales into fifth place.
- Maya Moore completed her sixth double-double of the season by halftime as she totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
- Connecticut scored 21 points off 16 Seton Hall turnovers in the first half.
- Maya Moore’s 28 points marked her 23rd consecutive game with double-figure points.
- Seton Hall’s 18 point output in the first half marked the lowest total by a UConn opponent since Purdue tallied 14 on Jan. 6.
- Tina Charles’ three blocks give her 127 for her career and move her past Jessica Moore and into a tie with Charde Houston for eighth place on the UConn career block list.
- Tina Charles’ 18 points marked her third straight game with double-figure points, her 18th this season and the 40th of her career.
- Maya Moore’s 28 points marked her eighth game this season with 20 or more points.
- Renee Montgomery’s 17 points marked the 13th time in the last 15 games she has registered double-figure points, the 16th this season and the 60th of her career.
- With 12:30 remaining in regulation, Maya Moore had 27 points, while Seton Hall as a team had scored 25.
- Seton Hall’s 36 points marked the 15th time this season UConn has held its opponent to less than 50 points and the eighth time under 40 points.
- Ketia Swanier’s five assists give her 420 for her career and move her past Ann Strother into 10th place on the UConn career assist list.
- The 46-point margin of victory marked the 10th game this season that UConn has won by at least 40 points.