No. 1 Connecticut 81, Lehigh 38

UConn coach Geno Auriemma says he has a simple coaching

strategy: He just tells the Huskies to get the ball to Maya

Moore.

The senior All-American scored 24 of her 29 points in the first

half and top-ranked Connecticut routed Lehigh 81-38 on Saturday to

win its 83rd consecutive game.

”Coaching is really easy, provided you’ve got the kind of

player no one else has,” Auriemma said. ”And as long as we’ve got

that, I think we’ve got a chance to win every single game we

play.”

The Huskies (5-0), who have not lost since the 2008 national

semifinals, need just five more wins to tie the UCLA men for the

longest streak in NCAA Division I history.

Moore made 12 of her 21 shots, pulled down five rebounds and had

four assists.

After struggling in her last few games, Tiffany Hayes added 14

points and nine rebounds for UConn.

”One fell in and my confidence just shot up,” Hayes said. ”I

just knew the rest of them were going to drop.”

Freshmen Bria Hartley and Samarie Walker each had 11 points.

Walker, who was 5-of-7 from the floor, added seven rebounds.

Aly Byorick had eight points to lead Lehigh (1-5).

Moore needs just 48 points to tie Tina Charles for the top spot

on the school’s scoring list. For a while, it appeared she might

get there in the first half.

She had the Huskies’ first four field goals and scored 13 of

their first 18 points. UConn used a 12-0 run to open up an early

20-7 lead.

Moore made seven of her first eight shots, while playing guard,

forward and, at times, center.

”I think I have a little bit more of a warrior mindset when I’m

out there knowing that, ‘OK, I’m the center – I’ve got to hold it

down for my team in the middle,”’ she said. ”It’s something I

have to be prepared to do when coach puts us out there as a small

lineup.”

She hit a 3-pointer that highlighted a 13-0 run and stretched

the lead to 42-17. Moore had nine points and an assist during the

spurt.

It was 44-19 at the half, the 32nd time during the streak UConn

has scored more by halftime than its opponent managed in the entire

game.

The Mountain Hawks (1-5) won the Patriot League and were an NCAA

tournament team last season.

Senior Courtney Dentler, who matched her career high with 20

points against LSU in the first game of this World Vision Challenge

tournament, was held to four Saturday.

”We came into this tournament with the idea that playing such

high-level teams will only make us better,” said Lehigh coach Sue

Troyan. ”I think these games will help us prepare for the NCAA

tournament, if we get that far.”

UConn is on track to tie UCLA’s record Dec. 19 against Ohio

State in New York and break it two days later in Hartford against

Florida State.

The Huskies play LSU on Sunday. The Tigers (4-3) beat Lehigh

74-63 on Friday and routed Howard 69-39 in Saturday’s first

game.

Coach Van Chancellor said he wouldn’t mind setting up a series

with UConn. Auriemma drew laughter at his news conference when he

said he’d be for it because Chancellor ”does things the right

way.”

That was a clear shot at another SEC coach, Pat Summitt of

Tennessee, who has refused to play UConn and accused Auriemma of

cheating. Summitt told reporters earlier this season that she

wouldn’t mind playing a Big East team like Louisville, because

Cardinals coach Jeff Walz ”does things the right way.”