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Another mark for UConn

Associated Press / January 6, 2011

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Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and the Connecticut women recovered from their first loss in nearly 2 1/2 years by setting another record in an 81-35 rout of Villanova last night in Storrs, Conn.

Maya Moore added 16 for the Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their 70th straight home game, one more than the mark set by Tennessee (1991-96) and equaled by UConn (2000-04).

UConn hasn’t lost in Storrs or Hartford since being beaten by Rutgers, 55-47, in the 2007 Big East tournament championship game. The NCAA counts both Big East and NCAA tournament games played by UConn at Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center as home games.

Lindsay Kimmel led Villanova (7-7, 0-2) with 6 points.

UConn saw its record of 90 straight victories snapped at Stanford last Thursday.

West Virginia 67, Seton Hall 46 — Liz Repella scored a season-high 24 points and the No. 6 Mountaineers (15-0, 2-0 Big East) beat the visiting Pirates (7-8, 0-2) to remain undefeated.

Xavier 83, Missouri 51 — Ta’Shia Phillips had her eighth double-double of the season and the No. 9 Musketeers recovered from back-to-back losses by beating the visiting Tigers (8-6).

Xavier (11-2) was coming off road losses to Top 10 teams — by 1 point at Duke and 37 points at Stanford — that ended the best start in school history.

Men Central Florida 65, Marshall 58 — Marcus Jordan had 26 points and 5 assists and the No. 19 Knights remained unbeaten.

Keith Clanton added 14 points and Isaac Sosa 13 for UCF (14-0, 1-0 Conference USA). Shaquille Johnson led Marshall (10-4, 0-1) with 15 points.

Duke 85, Alabama-Birmingham 64 — Nolan Smith scored a career-high 33 points and Kyle Singler went over the 2,000-point mark to help the top-ranked Blue Devils over the visiting Blazers.

Singler added 15 points as Duke opened with a 26-4 run that took the drama out of this one early. The Blue Devils (14-0) never let UAB (10-3) closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Kansas 99, Missouri-Kansas City 52 — Josh Selby had 16 points to lead six players in double figures, and the No. 3 Jayhawks defeated the Roos (8-7). Kansas (14-0) scored the first 15 points and extended the nation’s longest home-court winning streak for men’s teams to 68 games.

San Diego State 66, TCU 53 — Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 14 points, and the duo keyed a game-turning second-half run as the No. 6 Aztecs stretched their season-opening winning streak to 16, beating the host Horned Frogs (9-7).

Missouri 98, North Alabama 58 — Kim English scored a season-high 20 points in the first half alone to lead seven players in double figures as the No. 9 Tigers romped at home over the Division 2 Lions (6-9).

Justin Safford and Laurence Bowers each added 16 points for Missouri (14-1), off to its best start in 21 years.

Purdue 83, Penn State 68 — JaJuan Johnson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and the No. 11 Boilermakers clamped down on Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle.

Ryne Smith added 20 points to help Purdue (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) overcome an off night by E’Twaun Moore (4 points) and win its ninth straight.

Battle finished with 18 points, but shot just 6 of 22 for Penn State (8-6, 1-2).

BYU 89, UNLV 77 —Jimmer Fredette scored 39 points as the No. 15 Cougars (15-1) ended an eight-game losing streak to the No. 25 Rebels (12-3) in the Mountain West Conference opener for both in Las Vegas.

Tennessee 104, Memphis 84 — Tobias Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the host Volunteers (10-4) got their third win over a ranked opponent this season, routing the No. 21 Tigers (11-3).