7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2008
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's post players spent the last week in coach Geno Auriemma's dog house after allowing two opponents to outrebound the top-ranked Huskies.Center Tina Charles responded Saturday night with 15 points and 11 rebounds as UConn routed Providence 80-54.The Huskies dominated the glass in this one, 41-26, and gave up only seven second-chance points.Kaili McLaren, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, made her first start of the season in place of forward Brittany Hunter, who missed her sixth game of the season with soreness in her surgically repaired right knee. McLaren played 25 minutes, hit all five of her shots, and finished with 11 points."Coach just puts an emphasisis on down the road, post play is going to be the reason why we're going to win games," Charles said. "He's just pushing us and throwing everything at us and just saying everything he can just to motivate us."Brittany Dorsey had 14 points and Kendria Holmes added 13 points and six assists for Providence (11-10, 1-6), which was able to match Connecticut's 31 points in the second half."Considering with the loss and all, I thought they played hard," said Providence coach Phil Seymoree. "They started to take some bad shots at the end, but I thought they gave it a good effort."Auriemma was pleased with his team's effort too.Charles played just 13 minutes in UConn's win over South Florida Wednesday after some sloppy defensive play early. But, she came out of the blocks quickly in this one, hitting hit five of her first six shots. It was her 10th double-double of the season, and her two blocks moved her past Ann Strother into 10th place on Connecticut's all-time list with 121.Freshman Maya Moore added 16 points, giving her double-figures in all 21 of her collegiate games, and Ketia Swanier scored a career high 17 to lead UConn (21-0, 8-0 Big East)."I think Ketia, more than any other time since she's been at Connecticut, thinks of herself as a really, really good shooter, and everybody else has confidence in her too," Auriemma said.Renee Montgomery, who came into the game having scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games, was held to eight, but set a career high with 10 assists."That's just one of the things that makes our team beautiful," said Moore. "We don't have to have her scoring 30 every night to score 80 points. She does it in different ways. She finds a way to be responsible for 30 points."Mi-Khida Hankins hit a basket for Providence 17 seconds into the game to give the Friars a 2-0 advantage. It would be their only lead.Connecticut scored the next 12 points and was never challenged. A 10-0 run later in the half made it 23-6, it was 34-14 midway through the half, and the Huskies led 49-23 at intermission.Connecticut shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half and went 7 minutes without a miss on 10 shots before Renee Montgomery hit the rim on a 24-footer with 6:45 remaining before the break.Connecticut has faced Providence 56 times and has now won the last 23 matchups.The Huskies travel to New Jersey on Tuesday to face No. 4 Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights beat Pittsburgh (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 64-60 on Saturday. They also beat UConn in last year's Big East championship game, but Auriemma said he won't be approaching this game any differently than any other regular-season matchup."If we win that game Tuesday night, I don't think we get to take the trophy back home with us," Auriemma said.
|FG Made-Attempted||22-59 (.373)||31-57 (.544)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-19 (.368)||4-14 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-6 (.500)||14-22 (.636)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|