Sat. Final: No. 1 UConn 83, MU Women 49
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Maya Moore had another big game and No. 1 Connecticut remained unbeaten with an 83-49 victory at Marquette on Saturday.
Moore scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies (23-0, 9-0 Big East), her 12th double-double of the season and third in the past four games. Renee Montgomery added 15 points as Connecticut continued its best start since the 2002-03 season.
Krystal Ellis was held to eight points for the Golden Eagles (13-10, 4-5), who were smothered by the Huskies' defense and weren't able to duplicate their effort in an upset of then-No. 10 Notre Dame last month.
The Huskies held the Golden Eagles to a season-low 21.9 percent from the field and forced 22 turnovers.
Moore, a sophomore who became the fastest player to surpass the 1,000-point mark in school history, was coming off a 24-point, 10-rebound game in the Huskies' 75-56 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday. She scored 27 and grabbed 11 rebounds against Louisville Jan. 26. She has 23 career double-doubles.
The Golden Eagles held an early 18-17 lead after a 3-pointer by Ellis, and were tied 20-20 with 10:27 left in the first half -- not bad, considering the fact that the Huskies had trailed in only 11 of their games are were beating opponents by an average margin of 32.7 points per game coming into Saturday.
But Connecticut didn't need much longer to take over, as the Golden Eagles would be held to a single point for nearly nine minutes as the Huskies went on a 17-1 run.
Meghan Gardner started the surge by hitting one of two free throws and then scoring inside on the Huskies' next possession. After turnovers on back-to-back trips by the Golden Eagles, Montgomery launched a long jumper and held her hand in the air on the follow-through as it went through the net, putting the Huskies up 25-20.
Montgomery later added a 3-pointer as Connecticut built its lead. Marquette missed 14 straight shots during the Connecticut run, which finally came to an end with a 3-pointer by Lauren Thomas-Johnson with 1:42 left in the half.
The half ended on a high note for Marquette when Ellis came up with a steal and made a layup just before the buzzer. But the Huskies still went into the break with a commanding 42-26 lead.
Marquette committed 12 turnovers and was called for 11 fouls in the first half.
The Huskies' defense forced the Golden Eagles into another extended scoreless streak to begin the second half. Connecticut got a pair of quick baskets from Moore and Tina Charles to start a 14-0 run, and the Golden Eagles failed to score until Janelle Harris' running layup with 12:56 left in the game.
Connecticut players applauded as Ellis was honored before Saturday's game after she became Marquette's all-time leading scorer in the Golden Eagles' victory at South Florida.
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