No. 2 Connecticut 68, Providence 38
Maya Moore can pass the ball, too.
The Connecticut guard, who is 11 points shy of the all-time Big
East scoring lead, had a career-high nine assists Saturday to lead
the second-ranked Huskies to a 68-38 victory over Providence.
”I knew I was finding people,” said Moore, who played just
five minutes in the second half of the blowout. ”Because I have a
scorer’s mentality, I don’t necessarily keep track of how many
assists I have as easily as you do buckets. But I can’t get those
assists if my teammates are just standing around.”
Freshman Stefanie Dolson matched her career-high with 21 points
as the Huskies (24-1, 12-0 Big East) won their 12th consecutive
game since a Dec. 30 loss to Stanford ended their NCAA-record
90-game winning streak. Moore scored 11 to give her 2,769 points,
11 short of surpassing the Big East record held by Louisville’s
”To me, she’s Kobe Bryant,” said Providence coach Phil
Seymore, whose team trailed 41-12 at the half. ”Second half, I
just told them, really, ‘You’re entertainers. And any entertainer
that’s worth their salt wants to go out and put a good show on. You
have to go out there and put on a better show.”
Teya Wright scored nine points with 10 rebounds for Providence
(11-12, 4-7), which has lost to UConn 26 straight times since 1993.
The Friars wore pink uniforms to raise awareness about breast
Dolson was named the Big East rookie of the week after reaching
a career-high with 21 points against DePaul last Saturday. She
matched it just a week later.
”I feel good for Stefanie because this is something she has
worked really, really hard on,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
”She works her tail off, and it’s paid off. It’s a lesson to
everybody else: If you want to go from here to there, you’ve got to
work at it.”
Moore played just 23 minutes, sitting most of the second half as
Auriemma rested his starters for upcoming games against No. 14
Oklahoma on Monday and No. 8 Notre Dame next Saturday.
”I thought the conference schedule, as tough as it was, was
going to take its toll at some point. It still may,” said
Auriemma, who has two freshman and a sophomore in the starting
lineup and the same on the bench. ”When you’re going in with
unknowns, you’re just not sure how they’re going to react. (They)
have pretty much played well enough so we didn’t have any of those
breakdowns. … And Maya makes it work.
”Going in, you never know if it’s going to be there every
night. But it has been.”
UConn led 8-4 after four minutes before scoring the next six
points and then added a 12-1 run to make it 32-7. The Huskies
outrebounded the Friars 44-25, outshot them 53 percent to 28