Monday, February 28, 2011

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (29-1, 16-0 BE)

Results: Connecticut 82, Syracuse 47
Player of the Game: Sr. G Lorin Dixon (8p, 7a, 1s, 25m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. W Maya Moore (5dr, 3s, 1b, 30m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. C Stefanie Dolson (8p, 5r, 6a, 1b, 34m)
Stat of the Game: Assists: UConn 26, Syracuse 6

Summary: On Senior Night, UConn Seniors Lorin Dixon and All-American Maya Moore combined to score 31pts., 8rebs., 10asts., 4stls., 1blk., and only 2 TO's as the NCAA's most successful duo won for the 143rd time in their 146th career game as UConn routed Syracuse 82-47 to clinch its 3rd consecutive and 9th overall undefeated Big East regular season title. UConn All-American candidate Tiffany Hayes added 18 points as the Huskies won their 17th straight game since its lone loss of the season to Stanford on Dec. 30 that snapped the Huskies' record 90-game winning streak.

But the night (as it should have) belonged to Moore...

Before the game, her name and number were unveiled high above the court in the Huskies of Honor section of Gampel Pavilion along with the 12 other UConn women's greats, Geno Auriemma and the 1994-95 and 1999-00 teams. The three-time All-American joined former teammates Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles as the only players to be given that honor while still playing for the Huskies. The other 10 players, which include former stars Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, were enshrined after they were done playing. After having three players honored in the last three seasons, it might be awhile before another Husky is put up there. Moore and senior teammate Lorin Dixon were honored before the game. Moore, who is usually unflappable, was tearing up as the UConn public address announcer read off all she's accomplished in her four years at the school. Every time she seemed ready to break down, her grandfather would pump his fist and she'd crack a smile. She shared a long embrace with Auriemma on the court and blew kisses to the crowd while saying thank you. It won't be Moore's last home game as the Huskies will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Moore has made a habit of picking apart Syracuse during her career. She had a career-high 40 points as a sophomore and then scored 38 points and had 20 rebounds against them last season. Tonight she hit 11 of her 13 shots, had the team's first seven points of the second half and moved into 11th on the NCAA career scoring list (2,871), passing Middle Tennessee State great Alysha Clark. UConn has a bye in the Big East tournament until the conference quarterfinals on Sunday (2:30pm tipoff).

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