UConn 81 vs Villanova 35
Bob Joyce and Kara Wolters talk with Maya Moore, Coach Chris Dailey, , and all of the game highlights.
By PAT EATON-ROBB
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and No. 2 Connecticut recovered from its first loss in nearly 2 1/2 years with an 81-35 rout of Villanova on Wednesday night.
UConn saw its unprecedented record of 90 straight victories snapped at Stanford last Thursday.
Maya Moore added 16 for the Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Big East), who did set another record Wednesday night, winning their 70th straight home game.
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.
The 70th straight home win broke a tie with the record set by Tennessee from 1991-96 and matched by the Huskies from 2000-04. UConn.
Bria Hartley added 13 points and six rebounds for UConn, which fell to second in the Top 25 for the first time in 52 weeks on Monday. Moore, who played just 26 minutes, fell four points shy of reaching the 2,500 point-plateau for her career.
Lindsay Kimmel led Villanova (7-7, 0-2) with six points.
Connecticut held the Wildcats to 22 percent shooting from the floor, outrebounded the Wildcats 47 to 16 and were never challenged.
Villanova missed its first 12 shots were scoreless for nearly 8 minutes before Amanda Swiezynski’s jumper got Villanova on the board and made it 14-2.
It was 23-2 before Villanova scored again. The Wildcats missed their first 10 shots from 3-point range and were 9-of-38 from behind the arc for the game.
Megan Pearson’s 3-pointer with just over 7 minutes left in the half made it 30-9, finishing a 7-7 string that was as close a Villanova would come to making a run at the Huskies.
UConn led 44-12 a the half, the fifth time this season the Wildcats have scored 17 or fewer points before intermission. Villanova had just four first-half field goals and shot 16 percent from the field. Their five starters were 0 for 16 from the floor.
In the second half, the Wildcats had just seven buckets, all from behind the 3-point line.
Before this game, Villanova coach Harry Perretta joked that he told his squad they had about a 30 percent chance of being shut out and that he would get a $1,000 bonus if the Wildcats scored 30 points.
They reached that mark with 13 minutes left in the game.
Connecticut spent most of the second half resting its starters and getting playing time for its reserves.
UConn’s home winning streak breaks a mark that the program had set in the early 2000s and shared with Tennessee.
Connecticut hasn’t lost consecutive home games since being beaten by Providence and Louisville back-to-back in March, 1993.
The Huskies are now 46-0 after a loss during that span.
UConn kept alive a couple of other streaks as well. The Huskies have gone 242 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. UConn also has won 146 straight win over unranked opponents.
The Wildcats came in averaging just over 52 points per game. They failed to score 40 points twice last month, in a 30-29 win over Fairfied and in a 39-36 loss to West Virginia.
UConn has now won 34 of the last 37 games played against the Wildcats. The Huskies are 34-17 all-time against Villanova.