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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November 21, 2007

Vols too good for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It may go down as the night women's basketball was reborn in West Virginia but it was a painful birth for the Mountaineers.

Playing before a crowd of 10,677 fans in the Civic Center downtown in the state's capital, the No. 16 Mountaineers found out that they are not yet ready for prime time players as Tennessee's superior height, quickness and strength wore them down, 67-49.

"I'd rather rather play before five fans and win," said a disappointed WVU coach Mike Carey.

It was No. 1 and defending national champion Tennessee's fourth straight victory this season while WVU fell to 3-1.

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Vols pulling away

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No. 1 Tennessee used a smoothering defense and a whole lot of offense from Candace Parker to pull away from No. 16 West Virginia in the second half before a crowd of 10, 677, the largest crowd ever to see a women's basketball game in the state.

Parker had scored 25 points and grabbed down 13 minutes with eight minutes to go, lifting Tennesee to a 57-39 lead.

Tennessee was dominating the game with its defense, forcing WVU into hurried shots and turnovers. The Vols were turning those turnovers into easy points.

Vols take control

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For a moment, late in the first half, West Virginia's upstart women's basketball team had the nation's No. 1 team and defending national champion, Tennessee, reeling.

What had been a 12-point at 24-12, had been cut into by the Mountaineers, a spurt that led to eight straight ponts on four baskets in just under three minutes of play.

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The new kid on the block

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