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Reluctant Huskies pound an old friend

CINCINNATI — Geno Auriemma didn't feel good about Connecticut's latest rout.

His Huskies beat undermanned Cincinnati 80-46 on Saturday. The Bearcats were led by Jamelle Elliott, who spent years playing for and coaching with Auriemma at UConn.

"It wasn't easy," Auriemma said. "Obviously you would love for them to be at full strength. I hope the tables are turned at some point … where they play us with the expectation of winning."

Maya Moore scored 23 in leading the Huskies to their 59th consecutive Big East win. UConn (20-1, 9-0 Big East) was able to rest players for Monday's showdown with No. 3 Duke. Auriemma substituted freely, with seldom-used freshman forwards Michala Johnson and Lauren Engeln entering before halftime.

Cincinnati (8-12, 1-7 Big East) has seven available players because of injuries.

Elliott spent 12 years as an assistant coach under Auriemma at UConn. She ranks second on the Huskies' all-time rebounding list and 11th in scoring and won six national championships as a player and coach at UConn.

Elliott and Auriemma embraced at midcourt before the game. They had dinner Friday.

Moore scored 19 first-half points on 9-of-11 shooting to put UConn ahead 40-24 at halftime.

"I think coaching against me, (Auriemma) backed off sooner than he would've against another team," Elliott said. "I've never been a part of losing, and now I'm dealing with it."

USF falls 78-57

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — USF fell behind by 20 in the first half and lost 78-57 to Syracuse.

Andrea Smith scored 23 for the Bulls (10-12, 1-7 Big East), who got no closer than 12 in the second half. The Orange (16-4, 4-3) shot 52 percent, USF 39.2 percent.

No. 4 Stanford 74, Oregon St. 44: Kayla Pedersen scored a season-high 21 and the visiting Cardinal (18-2, 9-0) tied a season high with 11 3-pointers.

No. 7 Xavier 67, Rhode Island 45: Ta'Shia Phillips had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the host Musketeers (17-2, 6-0 Atlantic 10). Phillips had a double double in the first half, when she outrebounded the Rams 12-11.

No. 9 Notre Dame 58, Villanova 43: Devereaux Peters scored 20 and Skylar Diggins 13 for the visiting Irish (18-4, 7-1 Big East), who have won five straight. Notre Dame, which visits USF on Saturday, had a season low in points. It averages 82.9.

No. 11 UCLA 70, Arizona 60: Jasmine Dixon scored a season-best 22, hitting 11-of-12, and the host Bruins (18-2, 8-1 Pac-10) matched their best start since 1980-81.

no. 13 okla. 82, okla. st. 77: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 in her Bedlam rivalry debut, Danielle Robinson had 20 points and seven assists, and the visiting Sooners (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) won their seventh straight in the series. Ellenberg put Oklahoma ahead to stay with a jumper with 5:11 to play, and Oklahoma held on with free throws.

No. 19 Georgetown 59, Seton Hall 41: Adria Crawford scored 14 and the visiting Hoyas (17-5, 5-3 Big East) used balanced scoring to send the Pirates to a seventh straight loss.

No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 69, Valparaiso 50: Kayla Tetschlag had 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the visiting Phoenix (20-1, 9-0 Horizon League).

No. 23 Iowa St. 71, Missouri 56: Freshman Hallie Christofferson scored 18 and Chelsea Poppens had a career-high 19 rebounds for the host Cyclones (15-5, 3-3 Big 12). Iowa State's Kelsey Bolte, averaging a league-best 24 points, scored 12 on 5-of-20 shooting.

LYNN 74, ECKERD 73: The host Tritons (11-8, 4-5 Sunshine State Conference) lost after leading by 11 with 6:18 left and five with 1:20 left. The Fighting Knights won it when Chelsea Patterson was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit three free throws with 7.9 seconds left. Tijana Brdar led Eckerd with 18 points.

Reluctant Huskies pound an old friend 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 11:17pm]

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