Bob Joyce and Kara Wolters talk with Tiffany Hayes, Coach Chris Dailey, Maya Moore, and highlights.
By PAT EATON-ROBB
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 17 points to become the school’s career scoring leader and top-ranked Connecticut routed Sacred Heart 86-32 to win its 86th consecutive game.
Moore hit 8 of 9 shots while playing just 21 minutes. Her 2,355 career points break the record of 2,346 set by Tina Charles last season. Moore also had seven rebounds.
Tiffany Hayes led UConn (8-0) with 18 points, while Bria Hartley and Samarie Walker added 11 apiece.
Callan Taylor scored 11 points to lead Sacred Heart (3-4).
The Huskies are on track to tie the UCLA men’s all-time Division I winning streak of 88 games on Dec. 19 against Ohio State in New York, and could break it two days later in Hartford against Florida State.
Moore came into the game needing nine points to break the scoring record, and it didn’t take her long to get them.
She tied the mark on a tip-in just over 7 minutes into the game and broke it on a short jumper 27 seconds later, giving the Huskies a 23-5 lead.
The crowd immediately gave her a standing ovation, which lasted until Sacred Heart called a timeout after Hayes make a layup the next time down the floor.
Moore hit her first eight shots and had 15 points at halftime, helping UConn to a 57-16 lead. The Huskies shot 74 percent from the field before intermission and 59 percent for the game.
Everyone on Connecticut’s bench had played by the end of the first half.
Connecticut never trailed, opening with a 15-2 run that was capped by a Bria Hartley’s 3-pointer.
The Huskies dominated the boards, outrebounding Sacred Heart 50 to 14. Kelly Faris had 10 rebounds to go with her five points.
Sacred Heart hit just 11 field goals, and shot 22 percent from the field.
Connecticut hasn’t let a team shoot better than 50 percent from the field since Boston College did it on March 8, 2004.
UConn has been winning by an average of over 32 points per game during the streak, and only 10 opponents have lost by 10 points or fewer.
Sacred Heart got its first-ever win over a major-conference opponent when it beat Auburn 65-53 on Nov. 26.
This was just the second game ever between Connecticut and the Pioneers. UConn won the other meeting in the 2006-07 season 82-40.
UConn is now 26-0 against instate opponents under Geno Auriemma.