7:30 PM ET, February 9, 2005
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut hit the floor running Wednesday night and Boston College (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) never caught up.The 10th-ranked Huskies used stifling defense and a speedy transition game to cruise to an 80-55 win over the Eagles and tighten their grip on the Big East Conference lead. The Huskies held the Eagles to a season-low 33 percent shooting."We wanted to press more than we have at any other time this year, which meant we needed to score," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I said we were going to run more than we've run. We didn't want to walk the ball up the court."Barbara Turner led the Huskies (16-5, 9-1) with 18 points and eight rebounds. She was 7-of-12 from the floor and got most of her points by finishing off a UConn fastbreak. The sellout crowed of 10,167 roared with every breakaway basket."It was Connecticut basketball. That what it felt like," Turner said. "When we do that our fans get into it. I just had confidence in offense whenever I caught the ball. I felt that I just needed to be on the attack."The fire was going and we were fanning it with some turnovers and scored a couple times. One thing led to another," Auriemma said.The Eagles (15-6, 6-4) were playing their second straight game without leading scorer Jessalyn Deveny, out for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon in her right leg. The senior co-captain was averaging 17.1 points.Without her, the Eagles continue to struggle. BC was coming off a 69-52 loss at home to St. John's.None of the BC starters finished in double figures. Reserve guard Kindyll Dorsey had three of BC's six 3-pointers and led the Eagles with 11 points."You've got to do the best you can and move on," BC coach Cathy Inglese said. "We're getting people shots in the offense, we're just not putting them in, so I think we've got to continue to be patient."UConn dominated inside, outscoring the Eagles 40-16 in the paint and had 22 points off 16 BC turnovers.UConn stunned the Eagles with a 32-6 run over 10 minutes in the first half. Ashley Battle had four steals and 10 points in the tear. Her fourth steal and coast-to-coast layup put the Huskies up 38-13 with 6:38 remaining."I was trying to be aggressive out there and trying to make something happen," Battle said. "I was just in the right place at the right time."The Eagles mounted a small spurt over the next two minutes, outscoring UConn 8-2. But the Huskies led at the break 45-25.The Eagles opened the second half with a 4-0 run, but it was all UConn after that. Freshmen Charde Houston hit three straight baskets in 9-2 run, and the Eagles never recovered."They played hard, they came after us. They didn't give up," Inglese said.It was the first meeting since the Eagles upset the Huskies 73-70 in the semifinals of last year's Big East tournament before going on to win the league championship. The Eagles snapped an 11-game losing streak to UConn with that victory. UConn leads the overall series 36-13.Houston finished with 10 points for UConn."It was probably the best performance that we've had all season in terms of what was going on on the defensive end versus what was going on on the offensive end," Auriemma said. "It was everybody doing a little bit."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-59 (.322)||30-70 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-21 (.286)||7-17 (.412)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-14 (.786)||13-20 (.650)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|