8:00 PM ET, January 2, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Once Connecticut got comfortable, they made things uneasy for West Virginia.Charde Houston and Kalana Greene scored 15 points apiece and the fifth-ranked Huskies overcame six turnovers in the opening minutes to post a 63-44 victory over the Mountaineers on Tuesday night."We don't always know what will work in a game," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "You have to let the game play out a bit and then decide what is best. Changing up the defenses and not letting them get comfortable was important. We got a lot of people involved inside and used our height advantage."Tina Charles scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her third career double-double in the Huskies' 18th straight win in the series against West Virginia (8-6, 0-2).Connecticut (12-0, 2-0 Big East) trailed 19-15 with 7:48 left in the first half after committing six turnovers. But the Huskies overwhelmed West Virginia after Yinka Sanni, the Mountaineers' main inside presence, went to the bench with her second foul. Connecticut scored 25 of the half's final 30 points and led 40-24 at the break."We had been taking a lot of bad shots early, and turning the ball over," Greene said. "When we settled into our sets, we played well. We forced too much early."The Huskies' superior depth and stifling inside game helped force 19 West Virginia turnovers, and they held a 28-12 advantage in points in the paint and a 16-4 edge in bench points.Despite the early lackluster play, Connecticut wasn't challenged after the first 20 minutes, methodically building its lead to as many as 22 points with 3:13 remaining.Connecticut faces No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday."We can't have that in the next game," said Renee Montgomery, who scored seven points. "But we have the next day off. We get some time to get our legs back before Tennessee."Laquita Owens led West Virginia with 16 points, 12 of which came from 3-point range. Sanni added 13, but played much of the game in foul trouble. She also committed a team-high five turnovers.
|FG Made-Attempted||21-45 (.467)||16-56 (.286)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-14 (.357)||6-15 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-21 (.762)||6-14 (.429)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|