UConn Downs DePaul, 77-62
Jan. 13, 2009
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Maya Moore scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Connecticut win its 102nd consecutive game against an unranked opponent with a 77-62 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.
The sophomore had 16 points at halftime and needs just 29 more to become the fastest UConn player to reach 1,000 for her career.
Renee Montgomery added 16 points and nine assists and Tina Charles had 11 points and nine rebounds for UConn (16-0, 3-0 Big East).
Natasha Williams and Deirdre Naughton each had 21 to lead DePaul (13-5, 1-3).
China Threatt, who had been averaging just over 3 points per game added 12. Threatt hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half. She had made just 4-of-29 attempts from behind the arc this season coming into the game.
UConn has now won 24 consecutive regular-season games, and 32 straight at home. It was the Huskies' sixth straight win over DePaul.
Connecticut, which was playing on campus for the first time since Dec. 3, scored 3 seconds into the game when Moore drove to the basket off the opening tip. DePaul hung with the Huskies early, trailing 13-8 at the first timeout. But DePaul coach Doug Bruno would call two more timeouts in the next three minutes as UConn built a 22-8 lead.
The Huskies led 47-32 at halftime.
UConn opened the second half with a 16-6 run. But DePaul refused to fold and closed the gap to 13 points at 66-53, behind the shooting of Williams, who hit four consecutive shots during that run.
A 3-pointer from Caroline Doty and jumpers from Montgomery and Moore stretched the lead back to 20.
Doty finished with 12 and fellow freshman Tiffany Hayes chipped in 10. It was the seventh time this season the Huskies have put at least five players in double figures.