Feb. 12, 2008
Storrs, Conn. - Second-ranked Connecticut (23-1, 10-1 BE) shot a blistering 53 percent in the first half, including 8-12 from behind the three-point line before halftime to take a 48-17 lead at the half and the Huskies cruised to a 80-48 victory over Georgetown on Tuesday night in BIG EAST Conference action.
UConn freshman Maya Moore netted 21 points in the first half and was a perfect 4-4 from long range and finished with 25 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Georgetown (13-10, 3-7 BE) senior center Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal) led the Hoyas with 11 points and six rebounds.
Sophomore Meredith Cox (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) scored all nine of her points from behind the three-point line while classmate Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton [Ill.]) tallied eight points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) finished with six points, six assists and four rebounds.
Moore hit two early treys and Georgetown (13-9, 3-7 BE) started 1-6 from the floor for a 10-2 Connecticut lead at the 15:37 mark. Moore had 12 of the team's first 20 points with three three-pointers. Connecticut made four of their first six treys.
GU started 2-14 from the floor while UConn was 7-15 from the field, including 4-7 from long range. The Hoyas went without a field goal for a span of seven-plus minutes as UConn built at 31-6 advantage.
Aminata Diop put a halt to the Hoya eight minute scoreless streak with a follow of her own miss at the 6:08 mark.
It was the second time this season that the Hoyas shot 25 percent from the floor in the opening period vs. conference opponent.
Georgetown played executed much better on the offensive end in the second half, making 12-36 shots from the floor.
"I wish we could have given the same effort in the first half as we did in the second half," said Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I think we got similar shots in both halves but we didn't get the effort we needed in the early going.
"Aminata (Diop) played well against one of the best front lines in the nation. She is capable of giving us that kind of production every night."
Tina Charles totaled 19 points for the Huskies while Renee Montgomery finished with 14.
Georgetown hits the hardwood again on Sunday, February 17 at Louisville in a 2 p.m. tip-off.