(4) Connecticut 75

(20-2, 9-0 Big East)

Louisville 68

(13-6, 4-4 Big East)

    7:30 PM ET, January 31, 2006

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    LOU 30 3868

    Top Performers

    Connecticut: R. Montgomery 26 Pts, 3 Reb

    Louisville: M. Taylor 17 Pts, 2 Reb

    No. 3 UConn holds off Louisville to snag eighth straight

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Renee Montgomery scored a game-high 26 points and Connecticut (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) maintained its composure when things got tight down the stretch to beat Louisville 75-68 Tuesday night.

    Charde Houston added 18 points for Connecticut and Barbara Turner scored 11 as the Huskies (20-2 overall, 9-0 Big East) won their eighth straight.

    Missy Taylor led Louisville (13-6, 4-4) with 17 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting and Jazz Covington added 15 points and eight rebounds, but the Cardinals couldn't contain Montgomery when it mattered most.

    Louisville tied the game at 66 with 1:52 to go, but Montgomery hit a layup to put the Huskies back in front and then added six free throws in the final seconds.

    But it was one of the 5-foot-7 Montgomery's five rebounds that kept the Huskies perfect in conference play. Connecticut's Ann Strother missed a free throw with 15 seconds to go and the Huskies up three, but Montgomery beat four Cardinals to the ball.

    Buoyed by sharp shooting and energized by a crowd of over 8,000 -- five times the normal turnout for an average home game -- the Cardinals built an early 25-20 lead.

    But the Huskies responded with a nearly flawless final 9 minutes. UConn closed the first half with a 24-5 run, holding the Cardinals to just one field goal while Houston went to work. She made 7-of-8 shots from the field.

    UConn dominated the lane and after allowing the Cardinals to make five of their first six shots, held Louisville to just 5-of-21 shooting the rest of the half to take a 44-30 lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 68
    FG Made-Attempted 27-57 (.474) 23-51 (.451)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 9-22 (.409)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 13-15 (.867)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 8

    Game Leaders

    PointsR. Montgomery 26M. Taylor 17
    ReboundsC. Houston 6J. Covington 8

    2005-06 Season

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