8:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006
CHICAGO (AP) -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma was impressed by his team's victory that ended DePaul's 33-game home winning streak.The top two scoring teams in the Big East didn't disappoint as Connecticut (No.4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat DePaul (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) 84-75 on Saturday night."Most good teams play good at home," Auriemma said. "But the really good teams, they really separate themselves by playing well on the road. This is probably the biggest win we've had this year."After a slow start to the game, UConn (19-2, 8-0 Big East) went on a 17-2 run to end the half up 38-29. Barbara Turner had 13, of her team-high 24 points, in the first half, including six in the run. Turner added eight rebounds and five assists. "(Turner) had an unbelievable night," Auriemma said of his senior forward. "There comes a point and time when you're a senior when you have to start to assert yourself. Usually those times are on the road."Turner's performance helped UConn snap DePaul's (18-3, 5-3 Big East) home winning streak, which had been the second longest in the nation.Ann Strother had 18 points and 6 rebounds for UConn, with Charde Houston and Renee Montgomery adding 16 and 13 points, respectively.After a slow first half, DePaul opened the second half with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 38. Both teams exchanged a flurry of baskets before UConn took charge, going on a 15-0 run to take a 72-58 lead."We started to execute more offensively," Turner said. "During that 15-0 run, we moved the ball really well and we got the ball to people in positions where they were comfortable to make plays."DePaul blamed the loss on turnovers caused by the frantic pace of the game."I thought we were just a little hurried in the first half," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "You can't throw the ball to them. You can't just give them the ball."DePaul couldn't stop UConn in the second half as the Huskies made 69.6 percent of their shots."We weren't where we needed to be defensively in the second half," said Bruno. "They are the most efficient team I've seen."Khara Smith had 24 points and 12 rebounds for DePaul, giving her over 2,000 points in here career. Jenna Rubino added 14 points and 6 assists.
|FG Made-Attempted||31-59 (.525)||30-62 (.484)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-12 (.417)||8-23 (.348)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-20 (.850)||9-15 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|