The Huskies did trail at the half for the first time in almost a year when they were down to South Florida by 1 point last Monday.
“We really wanted to make a point to have a good first five to 10 minutes”, Tuck said. “We’re not at the level yet where you can say I think our teams can compete, day in and day out, with the best teams in the country”.
This match-up should sound familiar; not only are the Huskies and Bulls the two best teams in the American, who have already played twice this season, but they also met in the conference championship game a year ago.
UConn: The Huskies have won 28 consecutive conference quarterfinal games. “I told them there are a lot of players on that wall (honoring All-Americans and National Players of the Year) at that practice facility that when they were young that the first thing that they learned how to do is if you run as hard as you can from our basket to their basket, do that the whole time you are in there, you are going to score a lot of points because we are going to find you”.
When it was all said and done, Geno Auriemma’s ladies walked away with an 82-35 win, just another sign of dominance for the program. “When you make shots it all looks like “wow”, you guys are really ready to play”. As these games go on and the more zone that we play, we kind of get more reps at it and a lot of times that is what you need.
“We just went out and had a lot of fun, ” Stewart said.
UConn got off to a 14-0 start against the Green Wave, and did so with players other than the team’s three seniors scoring the first 12 points.
South Florida led the regular season finale between the two teams, 25-24, at the half. With the win, the Huskies senior class has 143 wins, tying Notre Dame’s 2014 class for the eighth most in NCAA history.
Latham paced the Green Wave with 11 points, connecting on three 3-pointers. Courtnie Latham finally got them on the scoreboard hitting a 3-pointer with 4:43 left in the first quarter. She did record the 100th blocked shot of the season to post her third straight season with at least 100 assists and 100 blocked shots, which is something no other Division I women’s player had done even once since the start of the 2001-12 season.
Yes, you read that correctly: South Florida had a lead over UConn at Gampel Pavilion at the exact half way point of their game.
East Carolina scored the first five points of the third quarter, but the Huskies responded and extended their lead to 66-31 before emptying the bench. Coach Geno Auriemma rested his starters in the final quarter.
“We’ve had two very good games against (UConn)”, South Florida Head Coach Jose Fernandez said. If we could have went bucket for bucket (with them in the second half), we could have won the game.
UConn remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday.
Tacko Fall had 13 points in just 23 minutes to lead the Knights (12-17, 6-12), who have lost eight of their last nine games.