Connecticut-Rutgers: Bleeding Scarlet

By Jeff Lippman - March 06, 2007

Rutgers fans have something to cheer about at halftime of this one.

It's the first time all tournament that Connecticut doesn't have an insurmountable lead by halftime. Not only does Connecticut not have an insurmountable lead, they don't have a lead at all.

Renee Montgomery airballed a jumper to end the half and the score going into the locker room is 29-26 Rutgers.

Both teams are getting balanced scoring. Rutgers is led by Essence Carson's nine points, meanwhile Montgomery finished the half with 11 for UConn.

It's obvious that Connecticut looks a little tired out there, you can bet Geno will address that before they re-emerge for the second.

We haven't seen fluid UConn basketball. Rutgers on the other hand has played very well, denying the passing lanes and getting their hands on every UConn pass.

Kia Vaughn is struggling, however, with only three points but Rutgers hasn't needed her services. Matee Ajavon, Carson and Epiphanny Prince have done most of the damage for the Knights and it has been enough.

Little used freshman, 6-foot-4 center Rashidat Junaid has even scored for the Knights.

Connecticut has points from every starter except freshman sensation Tina Charles. Charles started slow in last night's game as well and Auriemma yelled at his team to get her the ball. I am assuming the same will be said in the locker room now. She does have two fouls and is prone to get into trouble. Last night's star, Kalana Greene has just four points, both scored early, to go with eight rebounds.

We'll see, but the bottom line is, we've got a game on our hands. Connecticut is 1-2 on the year when trailing at the half, but did overcome a 37-31 deficit the last time they trailed at intermission against LSU on Feb. 11.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 07:40 PM on March 06, 2007

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