|Tiffany Hayes (15 points) sinks a 3-pointer during a rout of North Carolina, UConn’s 54th straight win. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)|
Huskies beat tar out of North Carolina
Tina Charles scored all of her 25 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Connecticut rout No. 7 North Carolina, 88-47, yesterday in Storrs, Conn., giving the Huskies their 54th consecutive win.
The streak ties Louisiana Tech (1980-82) for the second-longest in Division 1 women’s basketball history. UConn also has the longest streak, 70 straight from 2001 to 2003.
The Huskies have run through their opponents during the current streak, winning every game by at least double digits. Connecticut has really turned it on against the nine top-10 teams it has faced, winning by an average of just over 27 points.
“It’s easier to get excited for ranked teams,’’ said Maya Moore, the reigning national player of the year. “We know that we have to be focused, and usually when we can put that pressure on ourselves and face good competition, it brings out the best in us.’’
Tiffany Hayes had 15 points and three players recorded double-doubles for UConn. Moore had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kalana Greene added 11 points and 10 boards for the defending national champions, who are 15-0 for the third consecutive season.
She’la White scored 9 points to lead North Carolina (13-2), which had only lost to Michigan State.
“I just told the players, ‘Forget this game was ever played. Let’s go home and get ready for the ACC,’ ’’ said UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell.
Notre Dame 81, Villanova 46 - Skylar Diggins scored 18 points, Melissa Lechlitner added 11, and the No. 3 Fighting Irish (14-0, 1-0 Big East) forced a season-high 34 turnovers in a rout of the visiting Wildcats (10-3, 0-2).
Oklahoma St. 78, Baylor 65 - In Stillwater, Okla., Andrea Riley scored 43 points and sparked a second-half surge as the No. 23 Cowgirls (13-2) upset the No. 5 Bears (13-2) in the Big 12 opener for both teams, snapping Baylor’s 13-game winning streak.
Riley helped spoil the conference debut of freshman sensation Brittney Griner, who had her second 40-point outing of the season.
Ohio St. 65, Michigan St. 62 - Samantha Prahalis scored 32 points and the No. 6 Buckeyes (17-1, 5-0 Big Ten) erased an 11-point first-half deficit to down the No. 19 Spartans (11-5, 2-3) in East Lansing, Mich.
Texas A&M 91, Texas 70 - Tanisha Smith scored 28 points and the No. 10 Aggies (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) thumped the No. 15 Longhorns (11-4, 0-1) in Austin.
Rhode Island 58, UMass 57 - Anisha Wilson hit a layup with 33 seconds left and the Rams (8-8) hung on against the Minutewomen (6-10) in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Mullins Center in Amherst.
Sophomore Kristina Danella finished with a game-high 16 points for UMass and got her third career double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
Lindsay Harris led URI with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Wilson came off the bench to score 11 points.
Lafayette 43, Holy Cross 39 - Freshman Amy Lepley got her first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the host Crusaders (4-12) fell to the Leopards (3-12) in the Patriot League opener for both teams.
Louisville 67, Providence 48 - Becky Burke led a balanced attack with 18 points and the host Cardinals (10-6, 2-1 Big East) pulled away in the second half to down the Friars (10-5, 1-1), who were led by Chelsea Marandola’s 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Hartford 72, UNH 45 - Erica Beverly scored 17 points and the visiting Hawks (12-3, 3-0 America East) raced to a 34-11 halftime lead and breezed past the Wildcats (5-10, 0-3) for their fifth straight win.
Yale 68, N.J. Tech 58 - Mady Gobrecht finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 blocks and the visiting Bulldogs (5-8) snapped a five-game losing streak by downing the Highlanders (5-9).
Sacred Heart 67, Mount St. Mary’s 56 - Maggie Cosgrove hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 21 points and Callan Taylor added 19 points and 10 rebounds, leading the host Pioneers (11-4, 4-0 Northeast) past the Mountaineers (5-9, 1-3).
Central Conn. 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 73 - Justina Udenze scored 20 points, including five free throws in the final 33 seconds, as the Blue Devils (5-9, 2-2 Northeast) got past the host Knights (5-9, 1-2).
Bryant 72, Monmouth 62 - Kelsey O’Keefe scored 33 points and the visiting Bulldogs (4-10, 2-2 Northeast) shot a season-high 52 percent from the field to snap a six-game losing streak.
Quinnipiac 66, Wagner 56 - Courtney Kaminski finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Bobcats (7-7, 1-2 Northeast) held off a late rally to beat the Seawolves (4-11, 1-3).
Franklin Pierce 75, Saint Rose 60 - Johannah Leedham scored 23 points and the host Ravens (13-0, 9-0 Northeast-10), ranked No. 1 in Division 2, rolled past the Golden Knights (5-9, 4-5).
Stonehill 62, Pace 52 - Megan Methven and Kelsey Simonds each scored 13 points to help the Skyhawks (12-4, 7-2 NE-10) ease past the visiting Setters (9-5, 6-3).
Bentley 66, Southern Conn. 48 - Josey Collette had 12 points and 15 rebounds, leading the host Falcons (9-5, 7-2 NE-10) to the rout of the Owls (8-6, 5-4).
Amherst 75, Williams 51 - Jaclyn Daigneault led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Lord Jeffs (12-0), ranked second in Division 3, blasted the Ephs (10-4).
Emmanuel 61, Bowdoin 53 - In Brunswick, Maine, Fiona O’Dwyer had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 21 Saints (9-3) erased a 10-point halftime deficit and handed the No. 4 Polar Bears (10-1) their first loss.
Tufts 78, Bates 52 - Julia Baily and Colleen Hart each scored 17 points and the No. 23 Jumbos (12-1) routed the visiting Bobcats (8-5) to tie a school mark with their 12th straight win.