In the league’s only game Monday night, No. 2/2 UConn rolled over No. 14/12 Oklahoma 86-45 at the XL Center in a nationally televised contest on ESPN2. UConn senior Maya Moore continued to add to her impressive career with a game-high 27 points, along with seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals in just 28 minutes. She scored 18 points in the first half and equaled the entire Oklahoma team as the Huskies held a 46-18 advantage at halftime.
Moore also passed former Louisville standout Angel McCoughtry on the NCAA all-time scoring list to become the highest scoring player from the BIG EAST. Moore has 2,796 career points which is tied for 15th on the NCAA scoring list with Andrea Cosgreaves (Mercer, 1993). In 60 career conference games, Moore has tallied 1,195 points and ranks eighth on the BIG EAST scoring list.
“It’s the icing on the cake because if we had come out and played really poorly, it would be really hard to celebrate,” she said.
Moore drove the lane and made a one-handed scoop shot with her right hand to set the record with 7:52 left in the first half.
“There’s nobody else like Maya in the country,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “When she’s playing like that everyone else feels like they can get involved as well.”
Moore finished shooting 12-of-18 from the field.
“Maya is an amazing person to watch,” UConn teammate Lorin Dixon said. “She rightfully deserves everything she gets. I’m in awe of her.”
Connecticut (25-1) won its 14th straight game overall and 76th straight at home.
Freshman Stefanie Dolson had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, junior Tiffany Hayes scored 13 points and had seven rebounds and freshman Bria Hartley added 11 points.
Danielle Robinson led Oklahoma (18-7) with 14 points and Nicole Griffin added 10.
UConn shot 56 percent from the field (36-of-64) and held Oklahoma to 30 percent (19-of-64). The Huskies outrebounded Oklahoma 49-28.
“UConn had competitive fire on every possession and I am embarrassed,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “I am embarrassed by our lack of fight. In 15 years, I have to say that this is the worst loss.”
It was actually Oklahoma’s biggest defeat since losing to Stephen F. Austin 106-54 on March 8, 1978, in the Southwest AIAW Championship.
“The way we came out ot start this game was incredible,” Moore said. “Everyone had a lot of energy. Couldn’t have asked for a better effort from my team.
The Sooners shot 25 percent from the field in the first half and missed 12 of their 13 3-point attempts.
“(UConn) has three people diving after loose balls and there wasn’t one (Oklahoma) jersey on that side of the floor,” Coale said. “That’s the stuff that drives me crazy.”
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.