9:00 PM ET, November 25, 2008
PROVO, Utah -- So much for a road test.Top-ranked Connecticut looked just as dominant on the road as the Huskies have at home.Maya Moore had 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists and Renee Montgomery scored 19, going 5-for-6 on 3-pointers to lead the Huskies over BYU 96-47 on Tuesday night."This was our first road trip with this group. It was important for us to find out a couple things, especially with some of the younger guys," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.What he found out was the younger Huskies can play as well as their older classmates and they got plenty of time to show it Tuesday. UConn made its first 11 shots of the second half and Auriemma had pulled his starters with about 10 minutes still left in the game.The Huskies (4-0) were playing their first road game of the season and overwhelmed the Cougars (2-2) both inside and outside, making 12 of 23 3-pointers and outrebounding BYU 46-27. The Cougars' top rebounder had just four boards only two players scored in double figures for BYU.BYU tried to keep the Huskies from getting easy points inside, but Montgomery and Moore made them pay for it outside. Montgomery was two off her career high for 3-pointers and Moore finished 3-for-4 from beyond the arc."I think they were trying to keep the ball out of the post as much as they could so we just had to use ball screens and try to work off of that," said Montgomery, who was 7-for-10 from the floor.Tina Charles added 13 points and Kalana Green scored 11 for UConn, which did not appear the least bit distracted by Sunday's upcoming game against No. 4 Oklahoma."They have a lot of weapons," BYU coach Jeff Judkins said.Connecticut shot 60 percent, going 19-for-28 in the second half. Lorin Dixon added 11 points and Kaili McLaren scored 10 as six Huskies scored in double figures.Montgomery was two off her career high for 3-pointers and Moore finished 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. She was also three assists away from a triple-doubleFor BYU, it wasn't quite as bad as when the Cougars faced the Huskies a year ago. Connecticut opened that game with a 23-0 run and won it 80-34. The Cougars kept it close early."I wasn't surprised that the beginning was kind of slow because BYU's defense wasn't going to give you a lot of opportunities. You're going to have to shoot jump shots and that's all there is to it," Auriemma said. "Every game is not going to be, we get off a 23-0 start and we cruise in from there. Sometimes we just have to grind it out and let the game kind of play out. It took us a while to get our rhythm and once we got it, I thought we were pretty good at it."Mindy Nielson led BYU with 14 points and Keilani Moeaki scored 10 for the Cougars, who were 17-for-60 from the floor."They played 40 minutes of straight, hard basketball," said Coriann Wood, who had nine points for BYU. "We had lapses."After leading 47-29 at halftime, UConn opened the second half 5-for-5 from the floor, including two 3-pointers by Moore. The second put UConn up 59-34 and forced BYU to call a time out to try and cool off the Huskies.It didn't work.UConn made its next six, too, then finally missed a shot when Dixon's layup attempt hit off the rim with about 12:45 left in the game and UConn up 73-36. Kalana Greene came right back with a short jumper and the Huskies were up 75-36 and the rout continued behind the Huskies' reserves."I thought the guys that finished the game played great defense," Moore said. "I think we followed [Auriemma's] instructions pretty well today."BYU kept it close early this time, tying it at 7-7 on Mindy Nielson's layup before the Huskies took off on a 10-2 run and led the rest of the way.Jazmine Foreman and Nielson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Cougars within 36-23 late in the first half, then UConn pulled away with an 11-3 run. Greene and Moore took steals in for uncontested layups, Montgomery added her fourth 3-pointer of the half and then Dixon managed to get an underhanded layup through traffic to go in to put the Huskies up 47-26.Nielson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to get BYU within 47-29 at halftime.
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