12:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Army outrebounded Connecticut nearly 2-to-1 in the first half Saturday, and Barbara Turner took it personally.The senior forward did something about it in the second half, finishing with 13 of UConn's 28 rebounds and 16 points to help lead the Huskies to an 85-46 win over the Black Knights."I just feel obligated because to start I'm pretty much the biggest guy out there that plays in the interior," said Turner, who had her fourth double-double of the season. "I don't think I took as much pride as I needed to in rebounds. I tried to concentrate more on that in the second half."With Turner stabilizing the inside, Ann Strother dominated the outside, finishing with 21 points. She had five of UConn's season-high 12 3-pointers to move to 18th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,386 points.Mel Thomas made three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points. She and Strother combined for four 3s in a 17-0 run midway through the second half. Nicole Wolff capped the spurt with a 3-pointer and UConn led 72-41 with 6:27 left in the game."I don't know if our guys were taken aback by the first 20 minutes, but the second 20 minutes were like night and day," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "And that's a little bit worrisome for me. You want to play every game the same. That first half left a lot to be desired."Cara Enright led the Black Knights (5-7) with 17 points and Alex McGuire added 10.Army outrebounded UConn 34-28, but had problems containing Turner. She was strong down low for UConn and made the most of her chances, scoring largely on inside buckets as the Huskies dominated 30-22 in the paint.UConn had 13 steals and 10 blocks and finished with 31 points off Army turnovers.Despite being outrebounded 22-12 in the first half, the Huskies built a 42-30 lead at the break. Turner had 14 points in the period and UConn scored 21 points off Army miscues.Army struggled from the floor in the second half, shooting 20 percent. The Black Knights were held nearly 6 minutes without a field goal."We really played our hearts out for 25 minutes and really let it go the last 15 minutes of the game," Army coach Maggie Dixon said. "We got a little sloppy with the ball and let Strother and those kids hit some 3s and all of a sudden it was like 30 -- as usual."UConn closed out its four-game homestand of non-conference opponents, beating Holy Cross, Hofstra and Albany by an average of 34 points."One of the dangers when you play so many games like this is you get lulled into bad habits," Auriemma said. "That first half we were just content to go up and down and trade baskets. Army did exactly what I thought they would do. They were patient, they run their stuff, they grind it out."The Huskies return to Big East play Wednesday at home again Georgetown."This last stretch was good," Strother said. "Although we didn't play tougher teams, it was an important stretch. We could start to build some momentum going into the conference."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-49 (.367)||33-58 (.569)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-13 (.308)||12-22 (.545)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-8 (.750)||7-8 (.875)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|