7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -- It's been nearly seven years since UConn lost a game to an unranked opponent.The Huskies never seem to slip up against lesser teams, having beaten 153 straight teams not in the Top 25.Maya Moore scored 20 points and Bria Hartley added 17 to help No. 1 Connecticut beat Seton Hall 80-59 on Tuesday night."You almost take for granted how hard it is to have that will to win every single night," Moore said. "The will to win of my teammates has always been amazing and if you have a group of people that no matter what comes down to find a way to win, you will."UConn (27-1, 14-0 Big East) was in no real danger of losing to the Pirates, who they've beaten 27 straight times. The Huskies scored the first eight points of the game and held an 11-point lead at the half after playing a lackluster first 20 minutes.Coach Geno Auriemma didn't say much to his team at the half as they knew they had to play better."We knew it was an unacceptable half," Moore said. "Tonight shows we're human. We're not where we want to be yet, but we can take some good from it because it keeps us hungry, gives us a wake-up call right before the end of the season."Stefanie Dolson had 14 points while Tiffany Hayes added 10 for UConn, which moved back into the top spot in the poll Monday after Baylor lost to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Huskies occupied the No. 1 position for a record 51 straight weeks before losing to Stanford on Dec. 30.Connecticut has won 42 of the last 43 meetings with Seton Hall.Jazzmine Johnson scored 14 points and Brittany Morris added 12 for Seton Hall (8-19, 1-13), which has dropped 12 of its last 13 games overall and fell to 0-15 against No. 1 teams all-time.Connecticut has had its way with Seton Hall over the last two decades and Pirates first-year coach Anne Donovan was hoping to change that. She said when hired that she was "tired of UConn beating up on folks."For a half, Seton Hall put up a fight."That was our goal," Donovan said. "It's a different measuring stick than Geno has for his team. How competitive can he stay. We haven't done it too often. We got down and lost by 50. coming in we just wanted to stay competitive and in that we accomplished."The Huskies scored the game's first eight points and looked well on their way to another rout. But the Pirates wouldn't go away.UConn opened up a 23-8 advantage midway through the first half and in the past, that might have been enough to knock Seton Hall out, but the Pirates battled back again.Johnson had a three-point play and Whitney Wood and Morris followed with 3-pointers as Seton Hall hung around.Jasmine Crew's floater with 1:58 left in the half cut UConn's lead to 36-25 and gave the Pirates more points than they scored in last season's 97-24 loss to the Huskies in New Jersey.The Huskies led 38-27 at the half.That's as close as the Pirates would get as UConn came out with much more energy in the second half. The Huskies scored 18 of the first 20 points after the break with Hartley contributing nine of them to turn the game into another rout."My halftime speech was simple," Auriemma said. "For the rest of the game, just throw the ball to Stefanie."The Huskies didn't listen exactly but started hitting shots after making just 39 percent in the first half.Moore got it started with a 3-pointer and Hartley then scored the next seven points to make it 48-29. She capped the spurt with another layup off a nifty pass from Moore.Seton Hall, which made a season-high 11 3-pointers, could only get within 19 the rest of the game.Dolson continued her solid play, making six of her eight shots. Over the last 11 games she's shooting 68 percent (63-for-93)."It's becoming easier, my confidence has risen a lot in the past few games because my team has more confidence in me with what I can do," Dolson said.The Pirates were without second leading scorer Kandice Green, who sprained her ankle in a loss to Notre Dame in early February. She's missed the last four games.UConn has now won 64 straight conference games and 77 consecutive contests at home. The Huskies visit Georgetown (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on Saturday before closing the regular season with a home game against Syracuse on Monday when Moore's jersey will be unveiled in the Huskies of honor section of Gampel Pavilion.With a victory on Saturday, Connecticut will clinch the top seed in the Big East tournament, which begins on March 4.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-60 (.383)||27-63 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-22 (.500)||6-20 (.300)|
|FT Made-Attempted||2-3 (.667)||20-24 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||7 (0/0)|