No. 2 UConn 90, Buffalo 34
If Tiffany Hayes isn’t Connecticut’s top scoring threat this
season, it bodes pretty well for the Huskies that their secondary
option can have a game like this.
Hayes had 30 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Connecticut beat
Buffalo 90-34 Saturday night in the World Vision Classic.
”We have a lot of different options as far as scoring,” Hayes
said. ”When it’s your night, it’s your night. It just happened to
be my night. And a lot of it came from something that I’ve been
working on lately, that was rebounding.”
”When Tiffany plays like she’s playing that whole first half,
with the kind of aggressiveness that she had, it’s awfully
comforting to the rest of the team,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma
”Tonight it wasn’t just staying out there and shooting 3s,
being one-dimensional. She did a lot of things that we’ve seen her
do in the past.”
Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and six rebounds for UConn
(5-0), which held a 49-22 advantage on the boards.
Hayes, a senior guard from Lakeland, Fla., was 10 of 15 from the
floor and 9 of 9 from the free-throw line. She just missed her
career-high of 32 points, but she did add a career-high five
”She did a little bit of everything today,” Dolson said of
Hayes said. ”She rebounded great, she made open shots, she
attacked the basket. I think we definitely need this from her every
Buffalo (2-4), which committed 32 turnovers, was led by Brittany
Hedderson’s 12 points.
The win was UConn’s 88th consecutive at home, extending its
Division I record and tying the all time NCAA record set by
Division III Rust (Miss.) College from 1982-89.
The Huskies actually had some trouble with turnovers (10) in the
first half but still led 44-14.
That’s because Buffalo committed 20 turnovers in the same span
and UConn ended the first half on a 19-0 run.
”They’re everywhere. They’re so long and athletic and quick,”
Buffalo coach Linda Hill-MacDonald said of the Huskies’ pressure
defense. ”If your spacing is bad, if your passes get too high or
too slow or too low, then they’re going to take the ball from you.
I thought we, many times, were passing the ball too long.”
Hayes had 24 points, five rebounds and four steals by
Dayton beat Fairleigh Dickinson 84-48 earlier Saturday in the
round-robin event. The Flyers and Huskies will play Sunday for the
Auriemma was actually a bit disappointed in his team’s execution
during Friday’s 74-28 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, but saw plenty
more he liked against Buffalo some 24 hours later.
”I thought it was a lot better,” Auriemma said
Already ahead 59-26 midway through the second half, the Huskies
scored 17 straight points to turn the game into a rout. Heather
Buck capped the spurt with a steal and breakaway layup that put
UConn up 76-26.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the freshman forward who entered the
game as UConn’s leading scorer, had just two points and missed all
eight of her shots from the floor. Still, Mosqueda-Lewis helped the
Huskies with seven assists, three steals and two blocks.
Auriemma jokingly referred to Mosqueda-Lewis as ”Baby Jesus”
because of her potential and some of the outlandish predictions
about her career, but also praised her for playing rather well when
her jump shot was off its mark.
”She might be the best passer that we have into the post,”
Auriemma said. ”She finds Stefanie a lot.”