Doty extends school-record streak of made 3-pointers to 10 in UConn romp

STORRS, Conn. -- Caroline Doty has been given the nickname "Bang, Bang" by her Connecticut teammates.

The Freshman showed why again Wednesday night, extending her school-record streak of made 3-pointers to 10 as the top-ranked Huskies routed Holy Cross 96-37.

Doty, who scored 11 points, was 3-for-3 from behind the arc against the Crusaders after making all six of her 3s in Sunday's 106-78 win over No. 6 Oklahoma. She hit her final 3-point attempt against BYU on Nov. 25 to start the streak. The national record is 14 straight, set by Portland's Deanna Lansing in 1996.

"I'm just going to try not to think about it as much as possible and just get out there and shoot," Doty said. "It's going to be a great goal to try and conquer and I'm going to keep putting up extra shots after practice to try to get that."

Doty was one of six Huskies (6-0) in double figures, as UConn broke the 90-point barrier for the fifth consecutive game. Tahirah Williams went 7-of-8 from the field and scored a career-high 17 to lead Connecticut. Tina Charles, Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore each had 13. Kaili McLaren added 10.

"I was basically doing what coach told us to do in practice and play hard," said Williams, who played a career-high 21 minutes. "It doesn't matter who we play every night or if we're playing ourselves in practice. I'm just pretty happy about tonight."

Moore played a career-low 12 minutes, and no starter played more than 20.

Briana McFadden, who scored her first points with 9:24 left, led Holy Cross (1-6) with 10.

UConn shot 65 percent from the field, while holding the Crusaders to just 21 percent.

Montgomery opened the game with two 3-pointers and the Huskies raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. A 3-pointer from Moore from the right baseline made it 19-2, and it was 28-4 when UConn coach Geno Auriemma began emptying the bench.

Connecticut held Holy Cross to just four first-half field goals and it was 63-14 at intermission. The Huskies extended their run to 32-0 early in the second half to make it 78-14.

"We played the way we want to play for the most part, and it's going to be like that regardless of who we're playing and where we are playing," Auriemma said.

McFadden, who had been averaging almost 20 points a game, picked up four first-half fouls. She didn't hit her first shot until it was 82-21.

Bethany O'Dell played just 3 minutes for the Crusaders after sustaining an apparent injury to her left Achilles tendon. The Crusaders also were playing without starting wing Tayana Carper, who injured a knee in the Crusaders loss to Western Illinois on Sunday. Carper was coming off a career-high 24-points the night before in a triple-overtime win over Missouri.

"We're already up against it and now you don't have your best players, which makes it very difficult," head coach Bill Gibbons said. "Losing O'Dell meant more because she's our leader on the court and our talker and I didn't think we communicated at all in the first half which made it a lot worse."

UConn doesn't play another home game until Dec. 31 against Hartford. The Huskies will head to New York to play Penn State in the Maggie Dixon Classic on Dec. 14 before heading to Cancun and the Caribbean Classic.

Connecticut is now 6-0 for the fourth consecutive year, and the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The Huskies also improved to 199-11 when ranked No. 1 in the nation.