Women's Basketball Falls To No. 2 Connecticut
Jan. 23, 2001
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.