Sunday, December 19, 2010

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (10-0, 2-0 BE)

Results: Connecticut 81, Ohio State 50
Player of the Game: Jr. G Tiffany Hayes (26p, 6r, 4a, 4s, 2b, 35m)
Def. Player of the Game: So. G Kelly Faris (8dr, 1s, 2b, 33m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. C Stefanie Dolson (4p, 15r, 2a, 1s, 3b, 25m)
Stat of the Game: Pts. in the Paint: UConn 48, Ohio State 22

Summary: One Word...WOW!!!! This team never ceases to amaze. What a fabulous group of young women! UConn Jr. All-American candidate Tiffany Hayes scored 26 points and Sr. All-American Maya Moore added 22 to help the Huskies easily rout Ohio State, 81-50, in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 15,232 - the second-biggest for a women's game at Madison Square Garden. Coincidentally, the win came against Auriemma's good friend, Jim Foster, who gave him his coaching start. Auriemma was an assistant for the girls team under Foster back when both were at Bishop McDevitt High School in Philadelphia. When Foster got the St. Joseph's women's basketball job in 1978-79 he brought along Auriemma as an assistant coach. Neither could have imagined that 35 years later they would be facing each other at MSG with so much at stake. Ohio State's Sr. All-American Jantel Lavender came into the game leading the nation in scoring with 26.6 points a game, but was held to just 14pts. This was the fifth annual Maggie Dixon Classic honoring the former Army women's basketball coach, who died on April 6, 2006, of arrhythmia, likely caused by an enlarged heart.

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