For a team coming off a 70 point win over Northeastern, a tough test was what the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team needed.
Consider that test passed as the Huskies beat the Texas Longhorns 83-58 in the ESPNU Road To The Championship in front of 4,586 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
With the win the Huskies move to 2-0 and showed the rest of the country that you will need to bring your A+ game to beat them. The Longhorns fall to 1-1 on the young season.
Maya Moore, one of five Huskies in double figures, led the way with the 29th double-double of her brilliant career scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Tina Charles played just eight minutes in the first half because of foul trouble chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds for her 40th career double-double.
Kalana Greene had 14 points and 6 rebounds while Caroline Doty had 13 points. Tiffany Hayes rounded out the Huskies in double digits with 10 points.
Two time SOX & Dawgs Hotties of the NCAA Tournament winner Kathleen Nash led the Longhorns with a game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Brittainey Raven was the only other member of the Longhorns in double figures with 14 points.
Texas got out to quick 3-0 lead but that’s the last time they would see themselves out front. The Huskies went on a 22-6 run over an 8:11 span and never looked back from there despite having two players on the bench (Hayes, Charles) with foul trouble.
Doty put the proverbial icing on the cake with a three-pointer at the end of the first half to give the Huskies a 48-27 lead at the break.
UConn’s lead would swell to as high as 35 points with 5:48 in the game before finishing with the 25 point victory.
The Huskies return to action on Friday night when they make the short trip up to Worcester, Mass to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at the DCU Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised locally in Connecticut on CPTV.
Notes and musings:
UConn Huskies @ Texas Longhorns 11.17.09 box score
The win gives UConn head coach Geno Auriemma 698 career wins.
UConn has now won each of its last 41 games by 10 points or more.
Maya Moore’s 20 points marked her 44th career game with double-figure points and her second this season.
Tina Charles’ 15 points moved her past assistant coach Shea Ralph (1,678) for ninth place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,679.
UConn shot 47.6% (30-63) from the floor while Texas shot 32.3% (21-65).
The Huskies had 18 assists on their 30 made baskets.
UConn shot 73.9% (17-23) from the free throw line.
UConn outscored the Longhorns 44-24 in the paint.
The Huskies committed 17 turnovers that Texas converted into 18 points. UConn had 20 points off 15 Texas turnovers.
The Huskies outrebounded the Longhorns 47-36.