2008 Caribbean ClassicIt seems as though paradise has always been kind to the No. 1 UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. They had great success in the US Virgin Islands last season in the 2007 Paradise Jam and now they are enjoying their time in Cancun, Mexico.

It was another easy night for the Huskies as they rolled to an 85-40 win over the Northern Colorado Bears in the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun.

The Huskies (9-0) were led by Maya Moore’s 19 points. She also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Renee Montgomery was the only other Husky in double figures with 15 points to go along with 3 assists. Tiffany Hayes came off the bench to pull down 9 rebounds and scoring 9 points while Kaili McLaren added 8 points and 10 rebounds. All 10 Huskies who played in the game scored.

Jaime Schroeder led the way for the Bears (4-6) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Whitley Cox chipped in with 10 points and Lizzie Cooper added 6 points.

The Bears actually held leads early on at 2-0, 5-3 and 7-6 before a 14-2 run by the Huskies gave them a firm grasp on the game. They continued to build upon that lead over the course of the game and made off with another easy victory.

The Huskies will get a day off on Saturday to enjoy the sights and sounds of Cancun before returning to action on Sunday afternoon against the Florida State Seminoles. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 PM and the game will once again be broadcast on CPTV.

Notes and musings:

Northern Colorado vs UConn Huskies, Caribbean Challenge 12.19.08 box score

The starters were the usual 5 suspects of Renee Montgomery, Caroline Doty, Kalana Greene, Maya Moore and Tina Charles.

Meghan Gardler missed the game again with the head injury she suffered during practice on Wednesday. She hopes to be cleared to play in Sunday’s game against Florida State.

While I shouldn’t be complaining that the game was on television tonight, I’m just going to make an observation. It would have been nice if they had the timeĀ  remaining in the half/game on the graphics as well. Other than that, I thought the coverage was great tonight.

The Huskies shot 50.0% (35-70) from the floor while holding the Bears to 30.8% (16-52).

UConn dominated the glass to the tune of 50-24.

UConn was 9-of-12 (75%) from the charity stripe.

The Huskies scored 27 points off of 20 Bears turnovers. They committed 12 of their own that were converted into just 7 points.

UConn’s bench outscored Northern Colorado’s 27-5.

The Huskies outscored the Bears 48-12 in the paint and 16-0 on the fast break.