Bob and Kara talk with Maya Moore, Coach Chris Dailey, Bria Hartley, Tiffany Hayes, and all of the game’s highlights.
By PAT EATON-ROBB
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore scored a season-high 31 points and Connecticut pulled within a game of UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak with a 79-47 victory over Marquette on Thursday night.
The senior All-American was 12 of 18 from the field and had eight rebounds, four steals and five blocks.
Tiffany Hayes and Bria Hartley each added 16 points for The Huskies (9-0, 2-0 Big East), who don’t play again until Dec. 19 against No. 6 Ohio State.
The UCLA men’s team set the Division I record in January 1974.
Angel Robinson led Marquette (7-2) with 15 points.
Connecticut had a 21-0 second-half run, turning a 49-36 lead into a 70-36 advantage. UConn held Marquette without a point for over 8 minutes as the Golden Eagles missed 16 consecutive shots.
The Huskies have won 23 consecutive Big East home openers, 63 consecutive regular-season home games, and 144 straight games against unranked teams.
They also have gone 236 straight games without allowing an opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field, holding the Golden Eagles to 26 percent and 18 field goals. The Huskies also blocked 11 shots.
Moore scored the first points of the game on a layup 15 seconds in and had 22 by halftime.
UConn opened with a 14-3 run, and another layup by Moore midway through the half made it 26-12.
Marquette got within seven when Robinson hit a layup that cut it 32-25, but Moore and Hayes answered with back-to-back 3-pointers.
Robinson hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, but the Huskies led 41-30 at the break.
Freshman Samarie Walker had a personal-best 12 rebounds for UConn.
Connecticut has never lost to Marquette, improving to 6-0 against the Golden Eagles.
Only 10 teams have managed to come within 10 points of the Huskies during the streak.
UConn has given up only 165 points in the second half of games this season, or just over 20 points per game.
Connecticut last lost in the 2008 national semifinals to Stanford. Should the Huskies beat the Buckeyes, they could break the record on Dec. 21 in Hartford against Florida State.