8:30 PM ET, November 25, 2007
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Even in a sloppy game full of turnovers, second-ranked Connecticut kept its offense in rhythm.Tina Charles had 13 points and eight rebounds and the Huskies beat Duke (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) 74-48 on Sunday night for the Paradise Jam championship."It was kind of a physical game. It wasn't easy to handle the ball today," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "But when we had to make plays we made them."Maya Moore added 12 points, and Renee Montgomery and Kalana Greene each had 10 for the Huskies, who matched the Blue Devils with 22 turnovers but scored 28 points off Duke's miscues.Connecticut (5-0) took control in the opening minutes, led 40-24 at halftime and put the Blue Devils away in the second half with 11-for-22 shooting."We did a good job of handling the press. We had our moments where the pressure got to us, but I think we maintained our heads for the majority of the game," said Moore, who also had two blocks and was named the MVP of the 10-team tournament.Both teams ran the floor aggressively, but the Huskies outrebounded the Blue Devils 35-28 and shot 53 percent from the floor while holding Duke to 36 percent.Chante Black led Duke (5-1) with 16 points and three rebounds. Carrem Gay added six points.It was the first meeting between the teams since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Duke beat Connecticut in overtime for a spot in the Final Four.First-year Duke coach Joanne McCallie, who suffered her first loss with the team, said this year's Connecticut team is one of the deepest she has seen."The outrebounded us, they played more physical than we did and they definitely shared the ball a little better than we did," she said. "They're ahead of us at this time of the year. They were very strong and very well balanced in their attack."The Huskies jumped out to a 13-4 lead by scoring 13 unanswered points, including two long 3-pointers from the same spot by Montgomery. Charde Houston scored on an alley-oop from Moore to put Connecticut ahead 28-12 with eight minutes to play in the first half.The teams traded baskets for the first part of the second half before Connecticut pulled away.The Huskies widened their lead to 51-31 on Moore's driving layup with 13:30 left. With just over five minutes to play, UConn took a 66-39 lead on Mel Thomas' two free throws.Eleven players scored for Connecticut, which got 29 points from their bench. The Huskies outscored the Blue Devils 27-17 on second-chance points and went 20-for-25 from the free throw line to keep their big lead down the stretch."Everybody's excited about how we all came together and played as a team," said Montgomery, who had six assists and four rebounds for Connecticut.
|FG Made-Attempted||20-54 (.370)||25-47 (.532)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-14 (.214)||4-10 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-14 (.357)||20-25 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||26 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|