TAMPA, FL (Dec. 28)- Barbara Turner (Cleveland, OH) dropped in 16 points to go along with nine rebounds off the bench, to lead UConn over South Florida 72-56, in front of a USF record women's basketball crowd of 3,702 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL. Connecticut moves to 10-0 on the season and extends their winning streak to 49 consecutive games, while South Florida falls to 4-6.
The Huskies trailed 4-3 early in the first half, but a 12-0 run was all Connecticut needed and never trailed from there. Following the UConn run South Florida answered with a 9-0 run of their own. The Huskies followed the Bulls run with another 8-0 run to finish the half leading 39-27. Turner came off the bench with 10 points and junior Maria Conlon (Derby, CT) added eight to lead UConn in the first half.
Connecticut used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to put the Bulls away. The Huskies largest lead of the game was 21 at 63-42 with 5:45 left in the game. Turner, Conlon and Ann Strother (Castle Rock, CO) led the Huskies in the second half with six points each.
Conlon finished with 14 points and five assists starting for the injured Diana Taurasi (recurring ankle injury). Strother was the third Husky in double figures as she added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies out rebounded the Bulls 52-31, including 32-21 on the defensive end. Both teams had trouble taking care of the basketball, as UConn turned it over 22 times and South Florida 20 times.
South Florida was led by Sarah Lochmann with 12 points and Jameelah Trimble with 11 points and eight rebounds.
UConn continues action in the Sunshine State as they travel to Tallahassee, FL, on Monday, December 30, to take on Florida State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.