Hayes shot 7-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-5 from behind the arc to lead the Huskies, now 3-0 on the year, to a 33-for-55 and 60.0% showing from the field. Today’s game was the first time that UConn has shot 60.0% or higher from the field in back-to-back games since January 10th and 12th, 2006 against Seton Hall and Cincinnati. Rhode Island falls to 1-2 this season with the loss.
Junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds as she recorded her third straight game with double-figure points this season and the 54th of her career. Five players scored in double-figures as today’s game marked the first time that UConn has had five or more players score in double-digits in three consecutive games since Dec. 22, 2000 against Wake Forest, Dec. 30, 2000 against Tennessee and Jan. 2, 2001 against Georgetown.
UConn took a 53-16 lead into the break as the Huskies shot 17-for-30 from the floor for 56.7% and held the Rams to just seven field goals in the first 20 minutes of play. The Huskies’ only deficit of the contest came 1:36 into the game as Lindsay Harris’ jumper at 18:24 put the Rams up 4-2. UConn wasted no time answering back with a 17-0 run in a span of 4:18 to put the Huskies up 19-4. Charles led the Huskies with seven points during the run then followed with five points in UConn’s 24-0 run to pull ahead by 42 at 51-9 with 3:33 left in the half.
Renee Montgomery’s (St. Albans, W. Va.) 14 points moved her past Sue Bird, Carla Berube and Jamelle Elliot into a tie for 18th place on the UConn scoring list with Leah Curl as her total career points improves to 1,388 points. Sophomore Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 13 points, marking her third consecutive game in double-figures this season and 39th of her career.
Freshman Caroline Doty (Doylestown, Pa.) contributed to the Huskies’ success with 14 points, three steals and four rebounds as UConn lead by as much as 56 in the second half of play.
UConn shot 9-for-19 from three point range in today’s non-conference match-up, while recording 37 points off the Rams’ 26 turnovers. The Huskies allowed just 17 field goals from the Rams’ offensive efforts as Rhode Island shot 17-for-54 for 31.5% and 8-for-19 from behind the arc for 42.1%. UConn out-rebounded the Rams 38-22 as the Huskies picked up 36 points in the paint against the Rams’ eight.
With today’s win the Huskies have won the last eight contests against the Rams but still trail URI 13-10 all-time. Today's win was the Huskies' 90th consecutive against non-ranked opponents.
UConn will return to action as the Huskies travel to Provo, Utah for a Tuesday night match-up against BYU. Tip is set for 9:00 p.m. (EST).
SCOREBOARD 1st 2nd Final Rhode Island 16 27 43 1/1 Connecticut 53 38 91
- Today’s game marks the Huskies’ second in a span of three over six days.
- Today’s represented the 100th UConn women’s basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford – the Huskies own an all-time record of 89-11 at the facility.
- UConn moves to 3-0 for the fourth straight season and the 12th time in 13 years overall.
- UConn trails the all-time series with Rhode Island 13-10 but has won the last eight meetings in the series.
- UConn extends its regular-season home court winning streak to 27 consecutive games.
- UConn has won 90 consecutive games vs. non-ranked opponents.
- UConn has won 216 straight games on its home court vs. non-ranked opponents.
- UConn extends its winning streak at home against non-conference opponents to 11 games and has now won its last 18 non-league games overall.
- UConn moves to 83-14 all-time in the month of November and has won its last 18 games played during the month.
- Today’s game marked the first time that UConn has shot 60.0% or higher from the field in back-to-back games since January 10th and 12th, 2006, against Seton Hall and Cincinnati.
- Today’s game marked the first time that UConn has had five or more players score double-figure points in three consecutive games since Dec. 22, 2000 against Wake Forest, Dec. 30, 2000 against Tennessee and Jan. 2, 2001 against Georgetown.
- Renee Montgomery’s 14 points moved her past Sue Bird, Carla Berube and Jamelle Elliot into a tie for 18th place on the UConn scoring list with Leah Curl with her current total of 1,388 points.
- UConn went on a 17-0 run over a 4:18 span early in the first half.
- UConn followed with a 24-0 run over a 6:38 towards the end of the first half.
- Tina Charles’ 21 points marked her third straight game with double-figure points this season and the 54th of her career.
- Renee Montgomery’s 14 points marked her 13th straight game with double-figure points and the 76th of her career.
- Tina Charles’ 14 points marked the ninth time in her career that she has registered at least 20 points.
- Maya Moore’s 13 points marked her third straight game in double-figures this season and the 39th of her career. She has played in just 41 UConn games in her career.
- Caroline Doty’s 14 points marked her second game with double-figure points this season.
- Tiffany Hayes’ 17 points marked her second career game in double-figure points.
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Can you talk about how you were able to keep your focus in the first half?
“I think one of the hardest things there is to do is to keep playing and keep your mind in the game when it looks like the outcome has already been decided. It’s so easy to loose your concentration and say, ‘Let’s just get it over with.’ I thought we kept that first half we kept the game going until the buzzer. Obviously there is a huge disparity between the two teams, but the way we passed the ball and how we shot the ball, I’m not looking at who we have and who they have, I’m just looking at what we’re doing. I thought what we did was pretty good.”
For that to happen, does that tell you that these guys are in a pretty good place, mentally?
“Again, it’s easy to be in a good place mentally when shots are dropping. The ball’s going in, you feel like you are in a good groove, you’re patient, everything you do just appears better because the ball goes in the basket. I think we are getting good shots, and that’s the number one priority. We’re shooting the ball with a lot of confidence and as long as that continues to be the case we’re going to be fine, regardless of who we’re playing.”
Can you talk about the balance on this team, with five players scoring in double-figures in all three games?
“That’s a function of the unselfishness of our team and the fact that the ball will move. People know they are going to get the ball back, so it’s not like someone has to shoot it whenever they touch it. I think that’s a function of the way we play. We don’t generally just key on one person and say, alright, she’ll get 25 and everyone else will get eight. So, you put all that together and you’ve got pretty good offensive players who are getting good shots for the most part, and knocking them down.”
If you were going to see some flaws in the freshmen, would you have seen them by now?
“They’re not (immune to flaws). I think that Tuesday will be another indicator to see where they are at this point. Next Sunday will be another one. There’s no easy way for them to get to where they need to be without going through some difficulties, some hurdles, some uncertainty. I’m sure that time will come. When it comes I’m not sure, but right now, they’re playing like they are confident. They are doing things they’re good at and we’ll see what happens Tuesday and next week. With each game that they play like this, the more they are going to be prepared for when that time comes when the talent level is equal, their shots are dropping and things don’t go right. I’m sure that time will come, but right now they seem to be enjoying what they are doing and that’s the key.”
You have been Lauren Dixon’s teammate for a while now and she has seemed to be struggling, what is going on with her?
“I don’t really think she is struggling, I think she just needs to find her tempo in the game but I think she is going to be fine. Lorin is the type of person that after this time will put this game behind her and I think she will be fine going into the next game. She is a hard worker in practice, especially on the defensive side and all she needs to do is carry that over into the game.
Do you think she is overwhelmed due to the fact that she is a really important part of the team this year?
“No, I don’t think so because she was a really important player on our team last year. I remember the first time she started last year she played extremely well and I think she will be ready for our next big game.”
It seems that most of the teams you have played have not figured out your left handed?
“I would think that they would know from the scouting tapes but it seems nobody knows yet. The left hand is still working and I will continue driving to the hoop.”
Knowing that you and Caroline Doty are contributing this early in your freshmen year, is that pleasing to you?
“It is always good to help out the team especially coming out as freshmen, it feels really good.
Are you happy with your first three games of your freshman season?
“I think – yes. I mean winning definitely doesn’t hurt. Coming off the first game, we knew we had a lot of work to do. Just to come off that first rough game and do what he did in these past two games is good.”
Coach has said that you’re able to do things naturally. Do you believe that’s the case?
“It definitely helped during the preseason. Shea [Ralph] working with us on our individuals kind of got us used to getting in the flow and the speed of the game. Getting an opportunity to play pick-up with the girls, seeing how they play, and how fast they go and the speed of the game really helped. It’s all natural now.”
How do you maintain leadership in a game like this?
“I just continue to remind everybody we’re not trying to push the ball or the score up 200 points, but we are running offense and we still need to cut hard. We still need to run our plays. Just because the score is a lot to a little, we still need to just play our basketball.”
Does it helping know that the challenges get tougher in a few games?
“Yeah, definitely. Coach mentions that every game is a big game, but we are playing a high ranked team in the near future so you want to get some momentum going into that game. Plus, just any game, you never want to leave any game, even if you win by a lot and everyone plays bad, you still leave with a bad feeling. We want to leave every game feeling good.
University of Rhode Island
Head Coach Tom Garrick
What was the game plan going in?
“We were trying to stifle their fast break, and make them beat us from out side. They’re obviously a well rounded team and are pretty balanced, so they have all the components of whatever it is to win basketball games, inside game, outside game, defensive pressure, rebounding. We just wanted to try to make them come out of their element a little bit. I thought that in the first five minutes if we had hit some shots of which I thought we got some open looks you never know how emotions and nerves come into play. Obviously they’re the #1 team in the country because they eliminate any of that immediately.”
What do you take away from a game like this?
“That you’re not going to play anyone like that for the rest of the season, more than likely unless you’re fortunate enough to get to the tournament. This is the #1 team in the country so you’re not going to see that kind of defensive pressure and offensive speed. What you want to do is try to match what you didn’t do today and bring it to your next game. We didn’t guard Montgomery, Moore, or Tina Charles well, but we know where we made our mistakes so you try to correct those mistakes going forward.”
How do you try to defend someone like Tina Charles?
“I’m not quite sure. She’s just too big, too strong. You have to match her size and her strength, and if you don’t have one of those two elements it’s going to be a long night.”
How much did the early foul trouble hurt?
“I thought it killed us. One team is playing aggressively and one team is playing passive. I think they shot nineteen free throws in the first half. You can’t fault the referees, if one team is being aggressive going to the basket and one team is settling for jump shots, your chances for getting fouled lessen.”