(1) Southern 39

(23-9, 14-4 SWAC)

(16) Connecticut 95

(34-0, 16-0 Big East)

    12:16 PM ET, March 21, 2010

    Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Virginia

    1 2 T
    #1SOU 29 1039
    #16CONN 52 4395

    Top Performers

    Southern: H. Kador 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Connecticut: T. Charles 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    UConn's Charles, Moore combine for 43 in first-round blowout

    Associated Press

    NORFOLK, Va. -- Tina Charles and Connecticut cruised to a first round win and a 73rd straight victory.

    Charles scored 22 points and Maya Moore added 21 to help No. 1 UConn beat Southern University 95-39 in the women's NCAA tournament Sunday.

    The senior center made her first nine shots for the Huskies (34-0), who have won every game during their winning streak by double digits. UConn hasn't lost since falling to Stanford in the 2008 national semifinals.

    The Huskies, who arrived having won their last 10 first-round games by an average of nearly 49 points, led 52-29 at halftime and actually looked pretty sloppy at times. They had 12 turnovers, one more than the Jaguars, but easily dominated in every other category.

    They fixed that in the second half by holding the Jaguars to 10 points, four field goals in 30 attempts and by making 67 percent of their shots.

    Moore had 17 points and four 3-pointers by halftime, and the Huskies featured Charles scoring on the inside in a 21-2 spree to open the second half. The 6-foot-4 center scored eight points in the run, all from in close, and Caroline Doty hit a pair of 3-pointers.

    That boosted their lead to 73-31 with 15 minutes left, and UConn coach Geno Auriemma emptied his bench shortly thereafter. Nine of the Huskies' 11 players scored.

    Tiffany Hayes and Kalana Greene scored 12 each for the Huskies, who shot 61.5 percent, outrebounded the Southwestern Athletic Conference champs 52-22 and limited them to 23.1 percent shooting. Connecticut also had a 22-4 advantage in points at the foul line.

    Southern (23-9) actually led 2-0 after a short bank shot by Freda Allen, but the Huskies immediately asserted themselves with a 15-2 burst. After consecutive 3-pointers pulled the Jaguars within 20-12, Connecticut got points from seven players in an 18-4 run and coasted.

    Hannah Kador led the Jaguars with 10 points, but shot just 3 for 22.

    Southern, making its fourth appearance in the tournament and second in Old Dominion's Constant Center, had a similar experience the first time: a 96-27 loss to Duke in 2006.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 39 95
    FG Made-Attempted 15-65 (.231) 32-52 (.615)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-26 (.192) 9-16 (.563)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-7 (.571) 22-26 (.846)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 56

    Game Leaders

    PointsH. Kador 10T. Charles 22
    ReboundsJ. Floyd 5T. Charles 11
    AssistsC. Henderson 2M. Moore 8
    StealsT. Foster 2K. Greene 5
    BlocksF. Allen 1T. Charles 3


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