No.1 Connecticut Bests No. 4 Oklahoma, 106-78
Nov. 30, 2008
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -Renee Montgomery had a career-high 30 points and matched the Connecticut record with 13 assists to help the top-ranked Huskies rout No. 4 Oklahoma 106-78 on Sunday night.
Montgomery, who got the first double-double of her career, tied the assists record set by Laura Lishness in 1991 against Seton Hall.
Maya Moore added 27 points and 12 rebounds and Tina Charles had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for UConn (5-0). Freshman Caroline Doty scored a career-high 18 points, going 6-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Danielle Robinson had 19 points and Ashley Paris added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma (4-2). Courtney Paris had 14 points and 14 rebounds for her 98th straight double-double, extending her NCAA record.
It was the first time Oklahoma gave up over 100 points since losing to Connecticut, 102-80, in the NCAA regionals in 2000.
Connecticut cruised through its first four games, winning by an average of 38 points over Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, San Diego State, and BYU. None of those teams were able to matchup with UConn.
With the exception for the last 3 1/2 minutes of the first half, Oklahoma was no match either.
UConn shot 55 percent from the field, including hitting 12-for-23 from behind the arc.
The Huskies led 59-50 early in the second half before going on a 24-9 run to put the game away. Montgomery had nine points during the spurt, including a jumper in the lane to cap the run.
Inside and out, Connecticut was too much for Oklahoma.
Leading 20-17, the Huskies took over, going on a 28-9 run over the next 10 minutes. Doty, who hit all four of her 3-pointers in the first half, capped the spurt with a 3 with 3:39 left that gave Connecticut a 48-26 lead. Just when it looked like UConn would run Oklahoma out of Gampel Pavilion, the Sooners closed the half with a 13-2 run. Ashley Paris' three-point play with 14 seconds left made it 50-39.
Courtney Paris was held scoreless in the first half - going 0-for-7 from the field - for the first time since Dec. 10, 2005, against Missouri State.
It's rare for a visitor to win at Connecticut. The Huskies are 86-2 in their last 88 games at Gampel.
Oklahoma's other loss this season was an 80-79 defeat by North Carolina in the Preseason WNIT championship game last Sunday.