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Final

Rhode Island 43

(1-2, 1-1 away)

(1) Connecticut 91

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    1:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

    1 2 T
    URI 16 2743
    #1CONN 53 3891

    Top Performers

    Rhode Island: M. Shoniker 11 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast

    Connecticut: T. Charles 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Charles leads No. 1 UConn past Rhode Island for 27th straight home win

    Associated Press

    STORRS, Conn. -- As if Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore weren't enough, top-ranked Connecticut has some other options this season.

    For the third consecutive game, at least five players scored in double figures to help the Huskies rout Rhode Island 91-43 on Saturday.

    Charles led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes. Freshman Tiffany Hayes hit 7 of 9 shots and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Montgomery and freshman Caroline Doty each had 14 points, while Moore added 13 for UConn (3-0).

    "All the girls make you feel so comfortable," said Doty, who was 3-for-4 from behind the arc. "They'll attract the defense and then you'll be open, or if you want to attract the defense, then they'll be open. I just think we work really well as a team to know that every single one of us can contribute."

    Megan Shoniker led Rhode Island (1-2) with 11 points.

    UConn shot 60 percent from the field while holding Rhode Island to 31 percent. The Rams committed 26 turnovers and 18 fouls.

    "They're obviously a well-rounded team and pretty balanced," Rhode Island coach Tom Garrick said. "They have all the components of whatever it is to win basketball games -- inside game, outside game, defensive pressure, rebounding."

    Rhode Island led 4-2 before UConn went on a 17-0 run over the next five minutes. Charles scored the first five points for the Huskies and was 7 of 9 from the field while playing just 20 minutes.

    Rhode Island committed 14 fouls in the first half, including six in the first five minutes, and the Huskies attempted 20 foul shots before Rhode Island got to the line.

    A 24-0 run made it 51-9 with 3:33 left in the half, and UConn led 53-16 at the break.

    The Huskies didn't let up in the second half, scoring the first nine points. A 3-pointer from Hayes made it 75-24 with 12:35 left.

    Montgomery now has 1,388 points for her career and moved from 22nd place into a tie for 18th on the school's career scoring list.

    Last year, Montgomery, Charles, and Moore provided 58 percent of the UConn offense, and Auriemma said they are still the key to the Huskies' success.

    "The better that Renee, Maya and Tina play, the better the freshmen are going to play," he said. "That theory has always been true. [The freshmen] are only going to do what they can do, and if they have to do more, that's when trouble starts to show itself."

    UConn will play its first road game of the season Wednesday at BYU, before coming home for a showdown with No. 2 Oklahoma on Nov. 30.

    "Coach mentions that every game is a big game," Montgomery said. "But we are playing a high-ranked team in the near future, so you want to have some momentum going into that game."

    Rhode Island, picked to finish 11th in 14-team Atlantic 10 this season, holds a 12-10 advantage in games with UConn, but has now lost eight in a row to the Huskies.

    Connecticut improved its record to 83-14 in the month of November.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    URI
    CONN
    Points 43 91
    FG Made-Attempted 17-54 (.315) 33-55 (.600)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 9-19 (.474)
    FT Made-Attempted 1-2 (.500) 16-21 (.762)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 56

    Game Leaders

     
    URI
    CONN
    PointsM. Shoniker 11T. Charles 21
    ReboundsS. Cooper 6T. Charles 9
    AssistsL. Harris 3R. Montgomery 5
    StealsL. Harris 1C. Doty 3
    BlocksL. Harris 1T. Charles 1

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