Women's Basketball Falls To No. 2 Connecticut

Jan. 23, 2001

Box Score

By DONNA TOMMELLEO
Associated Press Writer

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Swin Cash had 13 points and nine rebounds to leadsecond-ranked Connecticut to an 81-45 win over Miami on Tuesday in the Huskies’first game since falling to No. 2.

Kelly Schumacher added 10 points and Tamika Williams grabbed nine boards asthe Huskies outrebounded Miami 49-33.

Top-ranked Notre Dame beat UConn Jan. 15 to snap the Huskies’ 30-game winstreak and knock the defending national champions from the top spot, a rankingthey held for 30 weeks. The switch marks the first time in Big East women’sbasketball history that the top two spots are held by Big East schools.

The Huskies (16-1, 6-1 Big East) combined pressure defense and dominatingpost play to put the Hurricanes on their heels early and didn’t let up. UConnopened with an 11-4 run, getting the first eight points inside and four pointsfrom Cash.

Shea Ralph capped the run with a 3-pointer, one of five UConn 3-pointers inthe first half.

UConn closed out the half with a 14-3 run over the final seven minutes for a41-20 lead at the break.

Miami (9-8, 2-4) sputtered offensively, shooting just 33 percent from thefield.

The game bore little resemblance to the Dec. 5 meeting between the teams.UConn won 77-53 but outscored the Hurricanes by only four points in the secondhalf. The Huskies opened the second half Tuesday with a 19-9 run and shot 50percent in the period.

UConn outscored Miami 48-26 in the paint and had 34 points off Miami’s 30turnovers. Sue Bird had seven of UConn’s 24 assists on 35 baskets.

Chanivia Broussard led Miami with 10 points and had her team’s first eightpoints. Meghan Saake and Alicia Hartlaub each had six rebounds.