There was just one league team in action on Tuesday night as No. 2/2 Connecticut stifled No. 8/7 Texas A&M 81-51 at the XL Center in the Jimmy V Classic.
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma has been pleasantly surprised by how well his team has been playing so far this season. The Huskies have run through their opponents, winning by an average of 43 points including Tuesday night’s win over Texas A&M.
“We’re a little bit ahead of where I thought we’d be,” Auriemma said. “We talk a lot about how good we could be and right now we just keep trying to find that out.”
Tiffany Hayes and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points to lead a balanced offense in the Jimmy V Classic that saw six Huskies in double figures.
“We have a very well rounded team and we’ll get it inside, we’ll get it outside and hopefully that’s harder to scout,” said Kelly Faris, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Huskies (8-0).
The victory was UConn’s 91st straight at home, extending its NCAA record. The Huskies’ last home loss came in the 2007 Big East championship game to Rutgers.
“It’s too early to anoint them as a Final Four team,” Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. “I’d be greatly surprised if they aren’t. We’re not there yet.”
Caroline Doty had 11 points as UConn put six players in double figures. She sat out the final 30 minutes of the Huskies’ win over Towson on Nov. 30 after suffering a concussion. She showed no ill effects against the Aggies.
“Caroline was great tonight, was happiest for her she’s been struggling so much,” Auriemma said. “We got a lot of things we need to work on down the road.”
UConn had 24 assists on its 32 baskets.
UConn has played in the Jimmy V three previous times, losing its last two games against North Carolina in 2005 and 2006. The Huskies are locked in to play the next two years against Maryland in a home-and-home set.
“It’s an awareness game,” Auriemma said. “It’s a game to make you aware of what the fight is and make you understand where the fight started, what’s being done about it every day. UConn we should be in it every single year. There’s a special bond with UConn people and Jimmy V people.”
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.