HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut had size and speed on its
side and made the most of both against Providence.
Barbara Turner had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the
Huskies (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) to an 84-58 win over the Friars on Wednesday
"We knew coming into the game we had some advantages,
obviously," Turner said. "It was just important to play like we
wanted to play and not worry about matchups or anything like
With her strong baseline moves, Turner was a handful for any
defender. She reached double figures in scoring for the seventh
straight game despite leaving briefly with leg cramps in the first
Turner and the Huskies set the tone early inside and gave the
Friars few second chances at the basket. Charde Houston's
consecutive baskets with 10:10 left in the first half capped a 23-6
opening run and the Huskies never let up.
UConn (23-3, 11-1 Big East) finished with 20 points off the
fastbreak and a season-high 46 points in the paint. Turner and
Willnett Crockett combined for 16 first-half rebounds and helped
get UConn's transition game rolling.
Freshman Chelsea Marandola led the Friars with a career-high 24
The Friars (8-16, 3-10), under first-year head coach Phil
Seymore, are having one of their better seasons in recent years.
They've already won more conference games this season than they had
the past three years, snapping a 39-game winless streak in the
league. But against UConn, not much had changed.
The Huskies have beaten the Friars in 21 straight games by an
average of nearly 40 points a game. UConn's last loss against PC
was on the road in 1993.
"We're playing more as a team. We really didn't do it today
because we were outmanned," Seymore said. "I don't think that in
the past there really was a team, they were kind of separate."
Ann Strother, Ketia Swanier, Houston and Kalana Greene scored 10
points apiece for UConn. Crockett finished with eight boards as the
Huskies outrebounded the Friars 40-32. Twenty-nine of those boards
were on the defensive end.
Shauna Snyder had 12 points for the Friars.
Providence managed just four field goals in the first 15 minutes
of the game. Marandola scored the first five points in a 13-7 run
in the final minutes, but the Friars had too much ground to makeup
and trailed 41-22 at the break.
The Friars would get within 13 with 11:40 to play on Catherine
Bove's layup, but UConn quickly countered with an 8-0 run over the
next two minutes and cruised the rest of the way.
"This game was indicative of our level of talent versus
theirs," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We started the game
exactly the way I wanted to."