December 05, 2007

Thomas earns milestone in big UConn win over Virginia

HARTFORD, Conn. -- With every one of Mel Thomas' first three shots, it seemed every fan in the arena was pulling for the guard to make history.

Thomas may have kept everyone waiting longer than expected.

After a 1-for-5 shooting performance in the first half, Thomas got the ball near the foul line with the crowd again in anticipation, but this time, it went in, and a loud roar by the fans accompanied it.

"I was just trying to score, they just weren't going in," Thomas said. "There's days like that when your a shooter."

The only thing Thomas knew was to keep shooting, and sooner or later the milestone would be met.

"I just kept shooting and eventually a couple went in, which was enough to get 1,000 [points]," Thomas said.

Thomas ended with seven points, putting her career total at 1,002 points. Even with a low-scoring effort by Thomas, the Huskies (7-0) had no trouble taking out the Cavaliers (6-4), winning 75-45 at the Hartford Civic Center Wednesday night.

Three Huskies scored in double figures, as forward Tina Charles, center Brittany Hunter and forward Maya Moore scored 18, 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Moore, coming off the bench, continued to impress in her first season at UConn -- she added three rebounds and two blocks. Her streak of double figures to open her career was extended to seven games.

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No Problem with the Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The No. 2 Huskies win big over Virginia tonight, and continue to bowl over opponents early in the season. UConn improves to 7-0 on the season while the Cavaliers drop to 6-4.

Final score: UConn 75, Virginia 45

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Getting Ugly

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Huskies continue their dominance of the Cavaliers, and it seems that the big win is inevitable for UConn, as they lead by 28 with 5 minutes left in the game.

The look on Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan will say it all, as she stands in disappointment with he arms crossed in front of the bench, yelling "Good job," whenever she sees a spark from her team, because they haven't been often.

Being up big has no effect on the Huskies play, as Mel Thomas dove for a ball on the court shortly after shooting across the court near the basket to steal a pass.

The way this game is being played toward the end, you would think it was much closer than the score indicates, as is the case with the foul calling as well with many iffy calls being made.

Thomas hits 1,000-point mark

HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn guard Mel Thomas just became the 29th player in the Huskies' "1,000 points club" with a shot near the foul line with 17 minutes left in the game. It took her only 107 games to accomplish the feat.

Thomas waved to the fans and seconds later, Thomas was right back to work, getting her first foul when she hit Aisha Mohammed under the basket.

UConn is still up big, 53-28 over the Cavaliers.

Doubling the Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn -- Well, after the first half, it seems like the Huskies will have another big win in their grasp, as they lead Virginia 44-22 after the game's first 20 minutes.

The Mel Thomas watch is in full effect, as the fans are apparent in their support for the senior guard. Thomas has three points on 1-of-5 shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists.

Brittany Hunter leads the Huskies with 12 points and five rebounds, as the Huskies are dominating off the glass with 28 to 15 in rebounds. UConn is sharing the wealth, however, with three players scoring in double-figures.

The Cavaliers offense is slumping -- 10-of-35 shooting won't cut it, especially against a UConn offense that is shooting 21-of-35 on the night so far. Look for Virginia to try the inside more, as center Aisha Mohammed has been having some success under the basket with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, which leads the team.

No points needed from Thomas so far

HARTFORD, Conn. --- On her way to potentially scoring 1,000 career points, Mel Thomas doesn't seem like she cares about the numbers, as she has done more dammage with her passing than shooting.

Through the first 13 minutes, Thomas has three asssists, including a pass around the defender under the basket, to go along with four rebounds. Her shot -- an 0-for-3 effort so far -- is off to a poor start. With every shot, the crowd seems to light up, then just as quickly the entire arena sighs in disappointment.

The Huskies lead 36-18, with Tina Charles and Brittany Hunter each with 10 points.

Off to an early start

HARTFORD, Conn. --- The Huskies are wasting no time getting off to a big lead against the Cavaliers, who did score the first two points of the game -- something BYU failed to do when going down early on a 23-0 Huskies run to start the game.

After a Virgina time out, UConn center Tina Charles leads the game with six quick points, as the Huskies lead 20-6 with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Huskies ready for Cavaliers

HARTFORD, Conn. -- No. 2 UConn (6-0) takes on Virginia (6-3) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center.

Within a game that shouldn't be rather competitive, the match-up with Virginia could prove to be one for the record books, as Huskies guard Mel Thomas can make history tonight.

With five points tonight, Huskies guard Mel Thomas could join the 1,000 points club -- only the 29th player in school history. Thomas comes into the game with 995 points in 106 games.

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