NEW YORK (AP) -- Coach Geno Auriemma took a page out of Lou
Carnesecca's book by wearing a sweater for the first time on the
The man in the sweater won again as No. 11 Connecticut defeated
St. John's 60-32 and snapped the Red Storm's 11-game winning
streak on Sunday.
"I have always admired Looie as a coach," Auriemma said of the
longtime St. John's coach, who recently had the venue named for
him. "There was a period for a couple of seasons that we even
called our defense the Johnnies' defense."
Carnesecca, who retired after the 1991-92 season, went 526-200
in his 24 years as coach of the Red Storm. Auriemma is 533-103 with
five NCAA titles in 20 seasons at UConn.
Mel Thomas had 12 points, Ann Strother 11 and Charde Houston 10
for the Huskies (7-3), who have won 21 straight over the Red Storm.
Reserve Kati Kurtosi led St. John's (11-1) with eight points.
UConn jumped to a 10-0 start while the Red Storm missed their
first nine shots. The Huskies put together 13 straight points en
route to a 23-3 lead with 8:10 left in the first half.
St. John's trailed 31-8 at the break and shot 22 percent. UConn
outrebounded the Red Storm 52-39 and shot 39 percent. Willnett
Crockett had 11 rebounds for the Huskies.