7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Towson has beaten all of its opponents who are not in the top 10.That, of course, does not count No. 2 Connecticut on Wednesday.The Huskies forced 30 turnovers and hit a dozen 3-pointers in routing Towson, 91-32.The Tigers (4-2) also lost at Maryland (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) 82-46 on Nov. 16, but had won three in a row before facing the Huskies."Our conference is very strong and very tough and challenging every night. You have to play better competition to be prepared for it," coach Joe Mathews said. "I don't think you can play much better than UConn and Maryland at this point. They are both teams that are playing tremendous basketball. We'll learn from it."Bria Hartley had 24 points and five assists and freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 21 points for No. 2 UConn (7-0), which extended its NCAA-record home-court winning streak to 90 games.The Huskies, who had four players in double figures, have now won 163 straight against non-ranked opponents.Freshman Camille Alberson had nine points to lead TowsonThe Huskies jumped out to a 52-14 lead in the first half."I thought the underclassmen played well," Mathews said. "We put some freshmen out there together for a while there at the end and I like what they did. They competed, they tried hard."Connecticut shot 60 percent from the floor and hit 12 shots from 3-point range."I'm not convinced we controlled everything that we should have controlled," Mathews said. "You learn about teamwork, you learn about working hard and trying to achieve something. We talked about how this game wasn't going to make our season but it wasn't going to break our season either."The Huskies stretched the lead in the second half, going on a 19-2 run that made it 88-25, despite emptying the bench.Tiffany Hayes finished with 16 points and Stefanie Dolson had 11.The Huskies had one minor scare when junior guard Caroline Doty banged her head on the floor after being fouled on a drive to the basket with just under 5 minutes left in the first half. Doty, who missed half her freshman year and all of last season with knee injuries, did not return from the locker room at halftime.UConn officials said she had a mild head and neck injury and was staying inside to avoid the crowd noise.The game was Mathews' 300th at the school, and his 177th loss.Towson opens its conference schedule on Sunday at home against James Madison.Connecticut hasn't lost in November since 2004, when North Carolina beat the Huskies 71-65. This was UConn's 14th perfect November in past 15 seasons.UConn has almost a week off before hosting defending national champion Texas A&M next Tuesday, the last of eight consecutive home games to begin the season.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||12-49 (.245)||38-63 (.603)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-8 (.250)||12-21 (.571)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-12 (.417)||4-7 (.571)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||8 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|