Women's National Roundup
No. 1 U-Conn. Routs No. 2 UNC, 88-58, in Women's Basketball
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Renee Montgomery scored 21 points to help No. 1 Connecticut rout No. 2 North Carolina, 88-58, last night in Chapel Hill, N.C., dominating a matchup of unbeaten teams from start to finish.
Maya Moore had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut (18-0), which turned the matchup into just another lopsided victory. Connecticut built a double-digit lead early in the game and led 46-30 at the break.
"Carolina's really good," Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma said. "We just played really, really, really great basketball tonight."
The Huskies constantly beat the Tar Heels' trapping defense for easy baskets, shot 47 percent and had a 53-32 edge on the boards with 21 offensive rebounds.
Tina Charles added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut, which handed North Carolina (17-1) its worst defeat since the Tar Heels lost 97-63 at Duke in February 2003.
"They came into our house and showed us how to play basketball," Tar Heels Coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "This is the way a game is going to be when you get into the NCAA and play for a national championship."
The Huskies also ended the Tar Heels' 31-game home winning streak and handed North Carolina its first nonconference home defeat since the Tar Heels lost to Oklahoma in January 2001, a span of 76 games.
Italee Lucas scored 15 points for the Tar Heels, playing in front of a school-record crowd of 12,722 for a women's home game.
DUKE 61, N.C. STATE 58: Chante Black had 17 points and 17 rebounds, Karima Christmas also scored 17 points and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils held on in overtime in Raleigh, N.C.
Black scored all of her points and grabbed all but one of her rebounds after halftime for the Blue Devils (16-1, 4-0 ACC), who came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to win their 14th in a row.
Brittany Strachan missed a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime for the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-3 ACC).
HOWARD 64, S.C. STATE 46: Freshman Natalie Day recorded her first double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Tamaya Daniels added 18 points to lead the host Bison (3-13, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to their third win in a row.
Day scored 11 points and Daniels added six as the Bison bolted to a 28-16 lead at the half.
Sophilia Hipps scored 12 points for the Bulldogs (3-12, 0-4).