Coach Auriemma holds the top winning percentage of any active coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
It was a great day for UConn basketball – for the men and women’s teams – with both bringing home major victories.
The women’s team…
The No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team celebrates a 80-61 victory over Georgetown in BIG EAST Conference play at McDonough Gym in Washington, D.C. this afternoon [Jan. 31, 2009].
The Huskies stand 7-0 in the Conference and remain undefeated this year, with a 21-0 overall record.
UConn has now opened BIG EAST play a perfect 7-0 for the fifth straight season.
Georgetown falls to 3-5 in the Conference and 13-8 for the year.
Despite beginning the game with three quick turnovers and not connecting on a field goal until nearly three minutes in, the Huskies took a 15-point lead at the break after shooting .600 (15-of-25) from the floor, including 5-of-11 from three-point land.
Both teams had equal opportunities in the first half – the lead changed nine times in the first 13 minutes of the contest before the Huskies took control of the game.
The Huskies forced 15 turnovers from the Hoyas in the first half – while turning a one-point deficit with seven minutes to go in the half into a 15-point advantage – with a 13-2 run over the final 2:37 of the opening frame.
UConn opened the second half by out-scoring Georgetown 25-3 over the opening 8:57, en route to a 32-point lead, their largest of the game.
The Huskies finished the game shooting .466 (27-of-58) from the field while holding the Hoyas to a .412 (21-of-51) showing.
Today’s game marked the 800th in the career of UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who, after today’s win over Georgetown, boasts a record of 679-122. Auriemma holds the top winning percentage of any active coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
After today’s victory, UConn extends its winning streak against non-ranked opponents to 105 consecutive games, while improving its all-time series record with Georgetown to 40-6.
The Huskies now have won each of their last 23 games played during the first month of the year.
UConn women head back to the XL Center in Hartford for the first of two meetings with BIG EAST opponent Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 3 with an 8 p.m. tip that will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports. See PDF attachment at end of story for UConn women’s stats.
The men’s team…
Senior A.J. Price reached 1,000 career points and junior Hasheem Thabeet recorded a triple-double as the No. 2 nationally-ranked University of Connecticut men’s basketball team scored a 94-61 victory over Providence College Saturday afternoon [Jan. 31] in front of a crowd of 10,167 at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus.
With the win, the Huskies improved to 20-1 overall and 9-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Friars fall to 14-7 overall and 6-3 in Conference play.
For the second time this week, a UConn player reached the 1,000 career-point mark.
Price joined an elite group when he hit his second three of the game, becoming the 42nd player in UConn men’s basketball history to score 1,000 or more points.
He finished with a game-high 19 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point range.
Thabeet recorded his first career triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Thabeet’s triple-double was just the seventh in UConn history, and he matched his career-high and school-record tying 10 blocks for the third time. It is the most blocks in a single-game by one player in the NCAA this season.
Price scored his 1,000th point on his second three of the game at 8:47, giving UConn its second five-point lead of the first half.
The Huskies led by as many as seven points in a first half that saw 10 lead changes.
Providence tied the game, 34-34, with a Randall Hanke layup, with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
Junior Gavin Edwards with the put back, regained the UConn advantage and the Huskies left the court with a 38-34 lead, after a jumper by Price with six seconds on the clock.
Providence called a timeout after UConn opened the second half with a 9-0 run that included baskets from Adrien, Price and Robinson for a 49-34 edge at 16:58.
Following the timeout, UConn extended its lead – the Huskies shot 51.3 percent from the field in the second half.
At 8:02, a long three from Price in front of the UConn bench saw the Huskies leading 67-51 – and never turning back.
During a scoreless stretch for the Friar’s, the Huskies shot 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, with senior Craig Austrie and junior Jerome Dyson each making four.
After almost four minutes without a basket, Friars’ head coach called a 60 -second timeout, with UConn in control 82-51, with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
The Huskies stretched their lead to as many as 37 points twice in the final three minutes of play before winning the game by the 94-61 final.
The season continues with a 7 p.m. match-up with the University of Louisville Cardinals on Monday, Feb. 2. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
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