7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2007
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Maya Moore may not have been open every single time her Connecticut teammates looked up Wednesday. Sure seemed like it though.The freshman had 31 points and No. 2 UConn blew out Holy Cross 91-36 in the Huskies' final tuneup before heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands to play No. 5 Stanford.Moore, who had 21 in UConn's opener, had 22 at halftime on 11-of-12 shooting. She was 14-of-16 for the game and played just 4 minutes after halftime.Moore consistently beat the defense down the court, getting layup after layup on feeds from the Connecticut guards."I was running, they were finding me and I'm getting used to the bright lights so I was finishing down low," she said.Moore became the first Huskies player to score 20 or more points in her first two games, and the first freshman to register double figures in her first two since Swin Cash did it in 1998.Tina Charles, who set the freshman scoring record with 34 in a win over South Florida last season, had 13 points for the Huskies (2-0) in this one. Renee Montgomery had 11 points and eight assists, most of those to Moore."You know when you're coming down the floor you're going to have her on your left or your right, and she's going to finish," Montgomery said.Laura Aloisi led Holy Cross (0-2) with 10.UConn pressed Holy Cross early and opened up a 21-5 lead, forcing numerous bad shots and two shot-clock violations. Moore hit her first five shots and had 11 points during that run.UConn coach Geno Auriemma called Moore's ability to find the open space, "uncanny.""I don't think it's that hard to look for someone who is open all the time," he said. "Even if they weren't looking for her, they would have to give it to her because she's open."Her only miss came after she blocked a shot, grabbed the ball, sprinted down the court and missed a fancy finger roll, drawing a look from coach Geno Auriemma and a trip to the bench.The Huskies took a 47-20 lead into the half and went on an 16-2 run after intermission. They held Holy Cross without a field goal for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.The win came on the same day the Huskies received official commitments for the 2008-09 season from high school center Heather Buck of Stonington, Tiffany Hayes of Winter Haven, Fla. and guard Caroline Doty of Doylestown, Pa. Another top recruit, Elena Delle Donne, a guard from Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del., is expected to make her decision official on Monday.This is the 11th consecutive year the Huskies have played the Crusaders. UConn has won all of those games, part of a 15-game winning streak against Holy Cross.Crusaders coach Bill Gibbons said his team was hopelessly outmatched, but will become better for having played a team of Connecticut's caliber."I said I always like playing UConn early in the year, this year I wish we'd played them before Maya Moore got here though," Gibbons said.After playing Stanford on Thanksgiving night in the opening round of the Paradise Jam, UConn will play Old Dominion and close the tournament against Duke, Temple or Purdue.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||13-52 (.250)||38-71 (.535)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-16 (.188)||6-14 (.429)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-7 (1.000)||9-15 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||11 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|