ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I. (November 22, 2007) – Freshman Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored 19 and junior Kalana Greene (St. Stephens, S.C.) added 15 as the No. 2/2 University of Connecticut women's basketball team put together a convincing 66-54 win over No. 4/4 Stanford on Thursday night at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Huskies never trailed and led by as many as 26 points with 9:26 remaining in the second half as it upped their record to 3-0 on the season. Stanford slips to 3-1 following the loss.
The win over No. 4/4 Stanford marked Connecticut's first win away from home against an opponent ranked in the top 5 since it defeated Tennessee 70-61 in the 2004 NCAA National Championship Game. The Huskies had dropped their last three games overall against opponents ranked among the top 5 nationally.
UConn (3-0) wasted no time setting the tone as it raced out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 3:04, as four different Huskies registered baskets.
Connecticut increased the margin to 14 points at 16-2 before Stanford trimmed the lead to 20-14 at 8:18 following a pair of free throws by Candice Wiggins. That was as close as the Cardinal would get the remainder of the night as UConn out-scored Stanford 11-8 over the final eight minutes of the half to go into intermission leading 31-22.
Moore led the Huskies in the first half with seven points and a total of seven UConn players recorded points in the opening 20 minutes.
UConn opened the second half by out-scoring Stanford 25-10 over the initial 9:06 to put the game out-of-reach at 58-34. Greene led the early second-half outburst with 13 points during the stretch.
Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) rounded out UConn's double-figure scorers with 13 points and added 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the 12th of her career. Moore added 12 rebounds to go along with her 19 points to notch her second double-double in three collegiate games.
The Huskies return to action at the Paradise Jam on Friday, Nov. 24 when they meet Old Dominion beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV).
SCOREBOARD 1st 2nd Final 4/4 Stanford 22 32 54 2/2 Connecticut 31 35 66
- Tonight’s game marked the 998th in the history of the UConn Women’s Basketball program.
- First win away from home (road or neutral) versus an opponent ranked in the top-5 nationally since April 6, 2004 vs. Tennessee - in 2004 NCAA National Championship Game (70-61).
- Win snapped three-game losing streak against opponents ranked among the top-5 nationally, first since a 51-48 win over No. 3/3 LSU on Jan. 16, 2006 (51-48).
- Tonight's meeting with Stanford marked the earliest point in the schedule that UConn has faced a ranked opponent in the regular season (third game), since it faced No. 9/12 North Carolina in the second game (Nov. 21) of the 2004-05 season.
- UConn moves to 3-4 all-time in the series vs. Stanford following tonight's win.
- UConn improves to 13-6 all-time against Pac-10 Conference opponents following tonight's win over Stanford.
- UConn extended its winning streak in the month of November to 12 consecutive games and improved its all-time record in the month to 77-14.
- UConn moves to 3-0 for the third consecutive season and the 11th time in the last 12 years.
- No. 4/4 Stanford represented UConn's first ranked opponent this season and the first of three games over a four-day span at the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
- UConn improves to 120-51 all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 following tonight's win over No. 4/4 Stanford.
- UConn improves to 53-34 all-time against opponents ranked among the Top-10 nationally in the Associated Press Top-25.
- UConn has now won nine of its last 11 games overall against ranked opponents following tonight's win over No. 4/4 Stanford.
- Junior point guard Renee Montgomery handed out the 300th assist of her career in tonight's win over No. 4/4 Stanford.