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Moore, Charles power Connecticut rout

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's big three came up big again.

Junior Renee Montgomery, sophomore Tina Charles and freshman Maya Moore combined for 58 points Tuesday to lead the No. 2 Huskies (23-1, 10-1 Big East) to an 80-48 rout of Georgetown.

The trio came in averaging 44 points and accounting for 54 percent of the team's scoring. Against the Hoyas, Moore had 25, Charles had 19 and Montgomery scored 14, outscoring Georgetown by themselves.

Aminata Diop had 11 points and six rebounds for the Hoyas (18-6, 8-3).

UConn coach Geno Aurimma said the three-headed attack has been his game plan ever since starters Kalana Greene and Mel Thomas were lost to injury earlier in the year. Since Thomas went down against Syracuse on Jan. 15, the three have been 68 percent of the offense.

"We just told everybody in front of the team, 'This is what we're going to do,'" Auriemma said. "These three guys, every time they're open, they are going to get the ball. And these three guys, every time they have a chance to score, are going to try to score. And every time you have a chance to get one of them the ball, get 'em the ball.'

Nobody, he said, had a problem with that.

Moore, who also had nine rebounds and four assists, took over the game early, hitting two 3-pointers as UConn jumped out 10-2. She outscored Georgetown 21-17 by herself in the first half and Connecticut went into the locker room up 48-17.

"It's extremely important in the beginning just to be aggressive, extremely aggressive," Moore said. "I was open, and I thought we had great execution, and I was just hitting the shots."

Georgetown didn't pass Moore on the scoreboard until Meredith Cox hit a 3-pointer with 14:24 left in the game to make it 52-25, or 25 for the Hoyas, 23 for Moore.

The freshman hit eight of her first 10 shots and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Along the way, she moved past Rebecca Lobo into fourth place on UConn's freshman scoring list with 424 points. Svetlana Abrosimova holds the team record with 538.

Moore has scored over 20 points nine times and has not scored less than 10 in any game.

"I'm going to continue to, I think, play not like a freshman," Moore said. "But, at the same time, I'm going to be learning just like a freshman, so it's kind of a weird role for me, but I'm trying to do my best."

Connecticut kept Georgetown without a basket for almost nine minutes during a 21-0 run in the first half and led 30-8 after Diop broke the drought.

Connecticut dominated in every phase of the game, outrebounding Georgetown 48-31 and holding the Hoyas to 30 percent shooting from the floor. Georgetown hit just 4-of-17 shots from behind the arc.

"I really wanted our kids to come down here and compete," said Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We knew it was going to be a tough game playing Connecticut at Connecticut, but we wanted to be able to come here and compete. We wanted to play hard, and we did that in the second half."

UConn shot 51 percent from the floor and hit 10-of-20 from 3-point range.

The Huskies are now 13-0 at home this season and have won those games by an average of more than 40 points per contest.

UConn has now won 45 consecutive conference games against teams not named Rutgers. It was the Huskies' first game since losing its No. 1 ranking, but Auriemma said the team hasn't talked about that.

"I tend to deal with things when I have to deal with them," he said. "When you are No. 1, everyone asks what it's like to be No. 1, so we have to answer them. If we are not No. 1, I can care less about who is or even [who is] two, three or 324."