No. 1 Connecticut Reaches 900 Wins With Blowout Over Seton Hall
Jan. 2, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Tina Charles scored 19 points and Kalana Greene added 16 to help top-ranked Connecticut rout Seton Hall 91-24 on Saturday for the Huskies' 51st straight victory in the Big East opener for both teams.
Maya Moore had 14 points for the Huskies (12-0), who have won every game during their streak by at least 10 points. The three stars combined to go 21 for 28 from the field.
The 51 straight victories is third all-time in Division I women's basketball history. UConn only trails its school-record 70 consecutive wins from 2001-03 and Louisiana Tech's 54 in a row from 1980-82.
The victory was the 800th in school history, making UConn the ninth school to achieve that milestone. It was also the Huskies' 26th straight win against Seton Hall with the last loss coming on Jan. 5, 1994. That was the only time the Pirates have beaten the Huskies in the last 42 meetings.
It didn't take long for UConn to turn the contest into a rout.
With the game tied 2-2, the Huskies scored the next 17 points as Seton Hall (8-6) committed eight turnovers during its drought. Greene had nine points during the spurt, including a nifty three-point play that made it 17-2.
Ebonie Williams finally ended the Pirates' 6:34 scoreless stretch with a 3-pointer that made it 19-5. That's as close as Seton Hall would get as UConn went on a 15-2 burst over the next 6 minutes to put the game away.
By the time Jacquie Fernandes hit a 3-pointer to end the half, the Huskies led 52-12, converting 20 Seton Hall turnovers into 27 points. Greene and Charles each had 14 points at the half, both individually outscoring the Pirates, who were just 5 for 24 from the field by the intermission.
When the starters left the game for good early in the second half UConn's lead had ballooned to 54 points. The reserves, led by Meghan Gardler - who had a career-high 16 points - pushed the advantage to 67. The victory marked the Huskies' first 60-point win over a conference opponent since a 106-41 victory over Providence in 2002.
Williams scored nine to lead Seton Hall, which couldn't string together consecutive baskets the entire game. The Pirates shot just 17 percent from the field and finished with 28 turnovers.
The victory was UConn's 124th straight against a non-ranked opponent.