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Moore becomes Huskies' scoring champ

HARTFORD, Conn. — Maya Moore made quick work of Connecticut's career scoring record.

Moore had 17 points Sunday as No. 1 UConn routed Sacred Heart 86-32 to win its 86th consecutive game. Her 2,355 career points, eight games into her senior season, break the record of 2,346 set by Tina Charles last season.

The senior All-American hit 8 of 9 shots in 21 minutes.

"It was done in the context of helping the team win," coach Geno Auriemma said. "As opposed to scoring a lot of points, and then wishing your team had won more championships."

Tiffany Hayes led UConn (8-0) with 18 points. Callan Taylor scored 11 for Sacred Heart.

The Huskies are on track to tie the UCLA men's record Division I winning streak of 88 games on Dec. 19 against Ohio State in New York. They could break it two days later in Hartford against Florida State.

Moore went into the game needing nine points to break the points record. She tied the mark on a tip-in just more than seven minutes in and broke it on a short jumper 27 seconds later, giving the Huskies a 23-5 lead.

The crowd gave her a standing ovation, which lasted until Sacred Heart called a timeout after Hayes made a layup the next time down the floor.

"I'm happy that it was able to happen at home for (the fans) to celebrate like that," Moore said. "In the stats, they should get one of my assists, because it was during that ovation that I found Tiffany under the goal right before the timeout. That was just really fun."

NO. 2 BAYLOR 103, MINN. 56: Brittney Griner had 22 points, her sixth consecutive 20-point game, and added six rebounds, four assists and three blocks for the host Bears (9-1).

NO. 4 XAVIER 69, CINCINNATI 61: Amber Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Musketeers (8-0) extend their program-record start.

NO. 6 OHIO ST. 95, NO. 11 OKLA. 84: Jantel Lavender had 32 points and Samantha Prahalis had a career-high 15 assists for the host Buckeyes (7-0) in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg had a career-best 34 points for the foul-hampered Sooners (7-1).

L'VILLE 78, NO. 8 KENTUCKY 52: Freshman guard Shoni Schimmel had a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and the host Cardinals held the Wildcats (5-1) to 29 percent shooting.

NO. 9 TENN. 74, ODU 44: Freshman guard Meighan Simmons had 14 points for the visiting Vols (8-1), who closed the last 12 minutes of the first half on a 30-14 run fueled by a fullcourt press.

NO. 13 UCLA 54, MONTANA ST. 44: Rebekah Gardner had 14 points and Antoyne Nyingifa 11 for the host Bruins (7-0), who outrebounded the Bobcats 43-29.

NO. 16 NOTRE DAME 72, PURDUE 51: Natalie Novosel had 16 points as the host Irish (7-3) celebrated the 1,000th game in school history.

NO. 25 MICH. ST. 71, NO. 17 TEXAS 57: Lykendra Johnson and Kalisha Keane had 20 points each for the host Spartans (7-1), who beat a top-20 team for the second time in five days. The Longhorns (4-2) committed 27 turnovers.

NO. 18 IOWA 68, KANSAS ST. 62: Jaime Printy had 20 points, and the host Hawkeyes (8-1) rallied.

NO. 19 IOWA ST. 60, MICHIGAN 47: Kelsey Bolte had 20 points for the host Cyclones (6-1), who overcame a season-worst 32 percent shooting.

GA. TECH 69, NO. 21 GEORGIA 53: Tyaunna Marshall had 20 points for the host Yellow Jackets, who pulled away from the Bulldogs (6-2) early in the second half to beat a ranked team for the first time in four tries this season.

NO. 22 MARYLAND 81, APP. ST. 65: Diandra Tchatchouang had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the host Terrapins (7-1) rode a 14-2 run early in the second half to their sixth straight victory.

DENVER 70, NO. 23 VANDY 65: Brianna Culberson had 22 points for the host Pioneers, who shot 56 percent from the field and held the Commodores (4-3) to a season low for points.

INDIANA 67, NO. 24 NEB. 61: Jori Davis had 21 points for the host Hoosiers, who snapped the Huskers' (6-1) 37-game regular-season win streak.

State

BROWN 56, florida 50: The Gators (7-2) shot a season-worst 30.6 percent as their five-game winning streak ended at the Brown Bear Classic. The host Bears (3-6) snapped a four-game skid.

Moore becomes Huskies' scoring champ 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 9:30pm]
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