February 05, 2008

Warrior Knights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Fourteen people got a hell of a show on CSTV. OK, so the women's hoops blog folks underestimated the amount of viewers that CSTV gets, but our network sure did air a great Big East battle.

No. 1 Connecticut is undefeated no longer and to make matters worse, the loss comes at the hands of their nemesis, No. 7 Rutgers, 73-71, at the RAC

The Huskies played down to Rutgers' speed in the first half and still managed to take a nine-point lead into the break. They extended that lead after halftime to 40-30, but that is when Epiphanny Prince went to work.

"I don't think we doubled her enough," said UConn coach Geno Auriemma in response to Prince's night. "It wasn't like she made easy shots. They were tough shots."

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Unbeaten No Longer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Essence Carson was just fouled with 6.9 seconds to play. She hit one of two foul shots to make the score 73-69. A four point game means this could be out of reach for UConn.

The nation's No. 1 team looks like it has been beaten. Rutgers does it to coach Geno Auriemma again and the Huskies are unbeaten no longer.

The star of the night was just what her name suggests for Rutgers, an epihany. Epiphanny Prince scored 33 points and the Scarlet Knights, ranked No. 7, upset the previously unbeaten Huskies, 73-71 in front of 8,026 jubilant Rutgers fans.

More to come...

Rutgers' Epiphanny

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Who knew how great a game this would turn out to be.

But with 3:55 left, the score is tied at 61. It's basically the Epiphanny Prince show here at the RAC. The sophomore has almost single-handedly brought her Scarlet Knights back into this game. She has 29 points with no signs of letting up.

C. Viv better hope she doesn't let up.

The lead has now begun changing hands quicker than a cross-over dribble.

Kia Versus Tina

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The game has turned into the Kia versus Tina show.

Tina Charles and Kia Vaughn have traded the last three baskets and with 8:44 to play, Connecticut still leads by three, 55-52.

But, the good news is, this one is going to have a good finish. Or so it seems...

Tie Goes To The RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Epiphanny Prince has taken over.

After my last post, the sophomore continued her great play, hitting a three, making steals and getting to the line for and one's, and has brought the Scarlet Knights all the way back. The game is tied at 46 with 11:42 to play.

Prince has 22 points for Rutgers taking over the game lead from Montgomery, who has 19.

RU Back In The Game

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Epiphanny Prince is responsible for bringing her Scarlet Knights back into this ball game.

The sophomore guard nailed a three and then after Renee Montgomery had her shot blocked, the Knights went down and couldn't convert. But Prince was there to save the day, stealing the ball off the rebound and putting it back up and in, getting fouled on the play.

The Knight's 5-foot-9 spark plug hit the free throw and Rutgers is back to within three, 44-41, with 14:00 to play, sending the Scarlet Knight's crowd into a frenzy.

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Maya And Essence

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers came out in the second half like they went out in the first. Cold shooting.

They did, however, manage to cut into UConn's lead immediately, but then Renee Montgomery took over. The junior guard scored five points on a free throws and a long-range bomb and the Huskies widened their lead, 38-28, with 17:25 to play.

A developing storyline remains the poor play of Maya Moore and Essence Carson. UConn's Moore is now 0-for-4 for the night with no points and Carson is 0-for-5, also without a point to her name.

It's Hot In Here

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - And I don't mean the shooting, kid.

While the temperature inside the RAC is sweltering, the offense for Rutgers is fizzling. And the No. 1 Huskies haven't been much better.

The Scarlet Knights have actually gotten their way, forcing the Huskies into a slow down offensive scheme and playing great defense so as to not allow them to get easy points. One thing that is certain, none of the points gotten have come easy. For either team.

The problem for the Knights is they just can't put the ball in the basket, either, and so UConn leads at halftime, 33-24.

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Rutgers Gains Mo

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Epiphanny Prince just ignited the crowd, somewhat.

UConn still leads, 25-20, with five minutes to play, but Prince drove to the right side of the rim, through traffic and put up a beautiful finger roll amid lots of Connecticut height.

The Huskies called time out and the place erupted. A good sign for a team that was just down nine, going on nineteen.

Now, even Renee Montgomery is missing for UConn. See how important momentum is...

Watching Renee

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Montgomery's three pointer is perhaps the smoothest shot in the nation. It looks simply effortless when it leaves her hands. She stops and pops better than any woman I've seen.

And she's so quick on the perimeter. I'm convinced, if Montgomery played for a team that let her use her scoring talents to the best of her ability, she's be pouring in over 25 a game. She's offense and defense, dribbling, passing and shooting all in one package.

Meanwhile, back within the game, with 7:41 to play, the Huskies continue to lead the No. 7 Knights, 23-14. Maya Moore has two fouls already and is sitting on the bench as I write. The one shining moment for Rutgers to this point.

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Where's Kia?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Where has Kia Vaughn been? The junior is only averaging over nine points and under nine rebounds per game this season.

Where is the 20-point scorer from last season's NCAA Tournament?

The Scarlet Knights need Vaughn, and lots of her, against UConn tonight, and so far, she's delivering. The 6-foot-4 center has six early points - tied for the game-high with UConn's Tina Charles - and has established her position down low.

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Where's Kia?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Where has Kia Vaughn been? The junior is only averaging over nine points and under nine rebounds per game this season.

Where is the 20-point scorer from last season's NCAA Tournament?

The Scarlet Knights need Vaughn, and lots of her, against UConn tonight, and so far, she's delivering. The 6-foot-4 center has six early points - tied for the game-high with UConn's Tina Charles - and has established her position down low.

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That's What I Thought

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After five minutes of play here at the RAC, it is safe to say that this game is turning out just how I expected.

Rutgers came out fast and forced UConn into two consecutive turnovers, taking a 4-0 lead. Then UConn regrouped, stormed back and now lead the Scarlet Knights, 9-6, with 15:06 left in the first half.

Right now, Rutgers is being successful in getting UConn to play a slower paced game, however, they were sloppy with the ball at the top of the key, which led to a Renee Montgomery pick and lay up.

The Huskies have been missing their shots, however, and might have a big lead if one or both of Montgomery's missed three-point attempts went in.

Feel The Love

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It's almost tip time and the RAC isn't even full. What gives? Come on people, this is the biggest women's basketball game on the calendar. Come and support.

It's safe to say that the Rutgers faithful hate UConn coach Geno Auriemma with a burning passion as hot as a blazing inferno.

When the coach set foot on the court for the first time, the place erupted with boos and jeers that filled the room. It was like venom was in the air. Then they announced his name, get outta here, you couldn't hear "Auriemma" over the boos.

Rutgers-UConn: Round One

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Ahh, Jersey, I remember you fondley.

And No. 1 Connecticut remembers Rutgers as well, but none too fondley. The last time these two powerhouses met, the Scarlet Knights upset the Huskies to win the Big East tournament.

In what is turning into perhaps the most entertaining and ferocious rivalry in women's basketball - no more Tennessee-UConn, alas - the Huskies have historically owned the Scarlet Knights, but no longer is Rutgers a Big East pushover. They are national title contenders through and through.

On their home floor at the RAC, the Knights and especially coach C. Vivian Stringer know this is the most important game of their season. A win on their home floor over undefeated UConn and they gain back all the respect they ever had and more.

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January 21, 2008

Wow! UConn Is Really Good

STORRS, Conn. - For Connecticut, this game started when only 20 of 40 minutes remained.

The No. 1 team in the land stayed that way with an incredible come-from-behind, 82-71, victory in front of 10,167 screaming fans at Gampel Pavilion.

A come-from-behind victory when they beat No. 3 North Carolina by 11? Explain...I was going to.

Coincidentally, the Tar Heels were up by that same 11-point margin at halftime, absolutely wiping the floor with the Huskies in the first half, only to shy away from their increased intensity in the second stanza.

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UConn Is Still The One

STORRS, Conn. - It's all over here in Storrs and Connecticut did the job. They came all the way back from an 11-point halftime deficit to stun the No. 3 Tar Heels, 82-71.

Junior guard Renee Montgomery looked like the star in the stat sheet, and deservedly so, scoring 26 points and hitting six huge threes, but the real star tonight for Connecticut was Charde Houston.

Houston may have only scored 15 points, but 13 of them came in the decisive second half when Connecticut made the run that would ultimately win them the game.

The emergence of Houston has got to make coach Geno Auriemma happy, as he's been waiting all season for Houston to break out of her funk.

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Oh Yeah, UConn and UNC

STORRS, Conn. - This is what I'm talking about.

If you have to drive three hours to Storrs, this is the kind of game you hope for.

The score is 74-71 Connecticut with three minutes remaining and it is pandemonium here.

With each basket, each foul and non foul, each bad call and each good call the crowd and the benches are on their feet. This is good basketball, I don't care who you are.

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Heading Home

STORRS, Conn. - We're headed for the home stretch with the Huskies holding a four-point advantage.

Charde Houston has been the story of the second half for Connecticut, with eight points in the half and 10 for the game, the senior has helped her team not only come back from an 11-point deficit, but take a solid lead.

Renee Montgomery as well has been spectacular in the second half, visibly taking over as she realizes her team needs her to step up.

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Houston In Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. - Where has she been?

Charde Houston has been all but invisible this season for the Huskies. She is being seen - and heard - now.

The senior has scored UConn's last six points and has eight on the night and UConn has opened up a 57-53 lead with under 12 minutes remaining.

After another Maya Moore bucket, it's now 59-53. Carolina looks lost after having such a dominant opening half.

Oh Renee

STORRS, Conn. - There is a good game brewing in Storrs.

Sloppy play from North Carolina to start the second half has allowed Connecticut - did you expect anything else? - to come back into this game and with just under 17 minutes remaining the Huskies have made it a four-point game at 47-43.

Lorin Dixon has been playing a lot of the point for the Huskies in Thomas' absence, allowing Renee Montgomery to move freely without the ball and get open for shots. Montgomery is making this strategy look good with a game-high 14 points.

Tar Heels Need More Of The Same

STORRS, Conn. -

We are at halftime at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels hold an 11-point 44-33 advantage.

Maybe Connecticut misses Mel Thomas more than some think. The senior is out for the season, along with Kalana Greene, with a torn ACL and the Huskies are feeling the affects.

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January 12, 2008

Connecticut Extends Streak against Cardinals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If you listen to Connecticut (15-0, 3-0) head coach Geno Auriemma, it's not easy being 15-0 and the undefeated No. 1 team in the nation.

"We know we aren't going to win by 40 or 50 every night," Auriemma said. "It's not realistic."

Even through the Huskies didn't win by 40, they still slowly dismantled a Louisville team boosted by 19,123 fans that set a school and conference record for a women's game by a score of 92-71.

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Angel Flies Away

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- That's it, Angel McCoughtry just fouled out of the game with less than three minutes left in the game.

You can't blame McCoughtry for this eventual loss though, she's scored 30 points and tried everything she could.

Connecticut Cruising

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With just under four minutes left in the game, the UConn Huskies are slowly cruising to their 15 win of the season here in Freedom Hall.

Louisville's Angel McCoughtry just picked up her fourth foul and if Louisville's Ms. Everything picks up her fifth, it'll just seal a deal that is pretty much already made with the Cardinals down 18, 82-64.

Barring anything crazy, Louisville gave it their best shot but Connecticut is the best team in the land and they are looking to make sure another team realizes that.

Connecticut Shows Depth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Even without it's two best players on the court, Connecticut is showing that it's more than two players deep, extending their lead to 79-60 over Louisville with six left in the game.

Junior Renee Montgomery hit two threes in a row to put the dagger in Louisville, who is wilting late into this game.

Angel McCoughtry is still carrying her team as best as she can, but Connecticut is proving the addidas commerical's point: It Takes Five.

And right now, Connecticut just has a better five.

Louisville Has New Hope

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After trading baskets with the Huskies, Louisville may finally have an opening against the Huskies when sophomore Tina Charles picked up her fourth final, midway in the second half.

Both of UConn's best players, Charles and freshman Maya Moore, are on the bench with four fouls and over 11 minutes left in the game.

If McCoughtry can avoid her own fourth foul, the Cardinals have a chance to do the impossible. One thing is for sure, the crowd took notice of the difference and willed their team to a quick six points that forced Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma to burn a timeout.

Things could get interesting here soon in Freedom Hall.

Huskies-Cardinals Trading Baskets

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Like the old commercial, anything Louisville can do, Connecticut can do better. That's what the first five minutes of the second half as looked like as both teams have traded baskets since the start of the half

The crowd at Freedom Hall is treating this like a Vegas crowd watching two boxers trade haymakers, constantly on their feet. That has the Cards throwing everything they've got at the No. 1 team (namely Angel McCoughtry) and yet the Huskies just keep punching back.

Even with UConn up 56-43, this crowd isn't letting this game feel like the game is a lost cause.

Connecticut leads 41-30 at Half

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The No. 1 ranked and undefeated Connecticut Huskies are proving why no other team has even sniffed victory against them as they lead the Louisville Cardinals 41-30 at the half.

The Huskies used a team effort to sustain a lead against Louisville in the first half with freshman forward Maya Moore leading the charge with 14 points. Sophomore center Tina Charles added six points of her own to help balance the Huskies.

Even down 11 points, Louisville hasn't rolled over and died for this UConn team like others have. Junior forward Angel McCoughtry has 18 points in basically carrying her team on her wings with 8 of 12 shooting from the field.

Part of the Cardinals fight is the sold out home crowd that seems to push Louisville everytime UConn threatens to completely put the game away. Every McCoughtry point or UConn turnover has brought everyone in arena to their feet. And the Cardinals have never led once.

While the crowd is pushing it's home team as hard as it can, Louisville is going to need someone to become McCoughtry's sidekick to pull off the upset. Candyce Bingham is only 1-for-9 from the field and Louisville is a sorry 4-for-12 from the free throw line.

Connecticut hasn't won a game by any less than 12 points, but you have to believe that behind this foundation-shaking crowd the Cardinals have a puncher's chance. At least they hope so anyway.

Bad News for Cardinals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With just over three minutes left in the first half, one of the worst things to happen to Louisville just occured, McCoughtry picked up her third foul of the game.

With the Huskies keeping a 17-point lead, 39-22, the less McCoughtry plays the worst things will be for those in red.

The oddest thing about the whole situation? McCoughtry picked up her third on a double foul. Both McCoughtry and Connecticut guard Mel Thomas were whistled. Even with three fouls, McCoughtry is staying in the game.

With over half of Louisville points, can you blame head coach Jeff Walz?

Huskies Pulling Away

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- While it hasn't been flashy, the UConn Huskies are slowly pulling away from the Cardinals towards the end of the first half.

After carrying the Cardinals early the first, Louisville junior Angel McCoughtry has been silent in the second part of the half and it's a big reason why UConn has doubled Louisville's score 34-17.

But if an Angel isn't going to carry this Louisville team, it may not have a hope.

Battle for the Post

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Huskies still have a double digit lead over Louisville, 28-17, but there is quite a battle going on these last couple of possessions in the paint.

I introduce the competitiors, Huskies super-sophomore Tina Charles and Louisville junior Chauntise Wright. Both have four points and are battling for everything on each end of the floor. It's looking like a draw so far, who's going to come out swinging next time?

Huskies Rolling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Connecticut isn't going to take this one laying down either. The Huskies used a team effort to go on a 10-0 run and are starting to pull away from Louisville midway through the first half, 26-13.

But this crowd seems to rally the Cardinals everytime they start to lose stream. And with the luxury of a timeout, the band and cheerleaders are doing what they are used for-- firing up a crowd. Let's see if Louisville can come out swinging like their famous boxing son.

Angel keeping the Cards Flying

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After picking up that second foul, Angel McCoughtry is literally carrying her team in this game. Contributing seven points alone, McCoughtry brought Louisville within three points before Connecticut hit two free throws to lead 18-13.

It's looking like this game is going to be decided by an Angel. The Cardinals might want some divine intervention against these Huskies.

Cards fighting Early

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It hasn't been pretty, but Connecticut leads Louisville 11-6 early in the first half.

Louisville has struggled down low aganst the UConn defense. Maya Moore leads the Huskies with seven points and Angel McCoughtry leads Louisville with four, yet as picked up two fouls already.

If McCoughtry picks up that third, this game turns into a blowout watch. She's going to stay in the game for now.

Packing the Hall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In an effort to pump up their spirits before today's game with No. 1 Connecticut, Louisville promoted today's game as "Pack the House" night in Freedom Hall.

It looks like the message got out as the ticket windows just put up the "SOLD OUT" signs. It looks like some sections have entirely empty rows though.

All this in addition to the entire dance team, cheerleaders and even the pep band here in Freedom Hall. If the Cardinals can get this crowd fired up early, they may just have a chance.

Yes, it's official now, the first sellout in U of L women's history and the highest crowd this season.

Louisville looking to unseat Huskies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When the Louisville Cardinals take on the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, they hope to do what every other opponent as tried: knock off the undefeated No. 1 ranked Huskies.

But if history is any indication, the Lady Cardinals are more likely to wish that everything doesn't fly south so quickly in what Louisville is billing as "Pack the House" night at Freedom Hall.

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January 09, 2008

Making molehills out of the Mountaineers

STORRS, Conn. -- Maya Moore said she wasn't pleased with her play in the Huskies win over Purdue.

After Wednesday's performance, it seemed she was feeling somewhat better about her efforts.

Moore led the No. 1 Huskies with 25 points -- 16 in the first half -- to a dominating 82-48 win over No. 16 West
Virginia at Gampel Pavilion.

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Moore starts off right, Huskies finish strong

STORRS, Conn. -- With the help of freshman Maya Moore and an impressive defensive showing, the Huskies finish a dominating performance over West Virginia, winning 84-48 at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn improves to 14-0 while West Virginia drops to 11-3.

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It's in the bag

STORRS, Conn. -- The bad news is that UConn may not win it's third straight by 50 points. The good news is that they should win by at least 30.

No wonder Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma is still coaching the game like it's tied in the first half.

Following a stolen pass by West Virginia, Auriemma jumped out of his seat to yell at his players.

Although he wasn't happy with the pass, Auriemma and the rest of the Huskies will be proud of their inevitable win, which will put them at 2-0 in the Big East.

With three minutes left in the game, the Huskies lead 81-44.

14th straight win minutes away

STORRS, Conn. -- With eight minutes left to play in the game, it's going to take an enormous comeback, or unbelievable collapse, to get the Mountaineers back in this game.

Chances are, UConn is rolling into their 14th straight win of the season.

Any halftime adjustments made by West Virginia are working somewhat on the offensive end, with 13 points through ten minutes of the second half.

But it is the defense, which has given up 28 points so far, that has failed to stop the Huskies -- even without Maya Moore lighting up the scorecards.

Moore has seen limited time in the half, which is just what UConn head coach Geno Auriemma will do in blowouts -- pull his stars, something he has been doing a lot of this season.

With eight minutes left in the game, UConn leads 73-34.

Halftime - Huskies up big on Mountaineers

STORRS, Conn. -- Facing a top-25 team in the conference shouldn't be this easy.

But for the No. 1 Huskies, it seems closer to playing a Div. II school rather than the No. 16 Mountaineers, who have not found anything on offense or defense through the first half of the game.

The Huskies got off to a quick 13-0 run to start the game, and have not looked back since, leading 43-21 at halftime.

Freshman forward Maya Moore is again looking like a veteran in only a handful of games this season. Moore leads all scorers with 16 points to go along with one block and one steal.

Mel Thomas has already eclipsed her season average of 9.8 points with 11 in the first half, mostly by the three-pointer -- Thomas is 3 for 4 from behind the arc.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Huskies are holding the Mountaineers to 6-of-29 shooting, as well as limiting Olyinka Sanni, West Virginia's leading scorer with more than 17 points per game, to only three in the first half.

The Huskies also have let no one come easy to the basket with five blocks, including one from Brittany Hunter halfway through the first half, which led Hunter to pose and stare down her victim uner the basket.

The Mountaineers leading scorer is forward Chakhia Cole with seven points.

In the second half, the Huskies should continue the dismantling of the No. 16 team in the nation. If West Virginia wants to make it a game again, they will have to start defending, something head coach Mike Carey surely stressed in the locker room.

Moore on fire, Huskies are too

STORRS, Conn. -- With the shot clock ticking down to zero, Huskies forward Maya Moore stepped up to the three-point line and made a three like it was the pregame shoot-around.

Minutes before, Moore rose up above a defender in her face and drained another three-pointer, and continues to display her talents though a little more than 13 games under her belt as a collegiate athlete.

Moore is beating the Mountaineers by herself with 16 points with two minutes left in the half, where West Virginia seemed to still be searching for how to match up against the Huskies on both sides of the ball.

Near the end of the half, the score is UConn 41, West Virginia 15.

West Virginia has a mountain to climb

STORRS, Conn. -- After a 13-0 run by the Huskies to start the game, West Virginia head coach Mike Carey took a step onto the court, screaming at his players to box out in the paint and play better defense.

Good luck against a UConn team that, so far, is running on all cylinders.

After a hard take to the basket by Mountaineers center Olayinka Sanni, Carey was furious after a foul wasn't called on Huskies center Tina Charles. He then let the referee knew what was on his mind.

Nine minutes into the game, the Huskies are the obvious aggressor, especially in the paint, where Charles already has three rebounds for a UConn team that has all the momentum so far.

Maya Moore leads all scorers with nine points, and is one point away from her 14th consecutive game in double-figures.

Halfway through the first half, UConn leads West Virginia 27-5.

Huskies looking to continue dominance, face first Big East test

STORRS, Conn. -- There aren't many teams in college basketball that can boast back-to-back 50-point victories on the road, but that's what No. 1 UConn is on the heels of coming into tonight's game against No. 16 West Virginia.

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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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