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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kalana Greene scored 15 points to help top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 9 West Virginia 60-32 on Tuesday night for its 72nd straight win in the 2010 BIG EAST women's basketball Championship presented by New York Life.
Greene made her first seven shots and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn most outstanding player honors for the tournament.
The Huskies have won five of the last six conference tournament titles and enter the NCAAs unbeaten for the fifth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995, 2002, and 2009. In 1996-97 they lost to Tennessee in the regional final. In all 11 teams have gone through the regular season unbeaten with five of them winning the national title.
UConn (33-0) stands six wins short of becoming the first team to go through consecutive seasons unbeaten. The Huskies surpassed their own NCAA record for consecutive wins on Monday night.
The Huskies, who have won both the regular season and conference tournament title the last three years and 14 times in school history, held West Virginia to the lowest total in a BIG EAST Championship title game.
With All-Americans Maya Moore and Tina Charles having off-games, Greene and Tiffany Hayes carried the offense. Hayes finished with 15 points. Charles had 12 and Moore 10, but they combined to make just three of their first 22 shots.
UConn improved to 14-0 against top-10 opponents, winning by an average of 26.3 points.
The Huskies have now won the last 22 meetings with West Virginia, including an 80-47 win at the XL Center on Feb. 2. In that game the Mountaineers played tough for 25 minutes before succumbing to the Huskies.
On Tuesday night, it looked like UConn would once again blow past West Virginia.
The Huskies, who have won every game during its record streak by double figures, used a 20-4 early run in the first half to turn a one-point lead into a 27-10 advantage with 6:42 left. The Mountaineers wouldn’t wilt, using their tenacious defense which allowed only 51.5 points coming into the game, to stick around.
West Virginia answered with a 18-6 spurt of its own spanning the half to close to 33-28 on Natalie Burton’s free throw with 15:32 left in the game. Liz Repella had eight points during the burst, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key that hit the front rim, bounced straight up and then in that made it 33-27 UConn. She finished with 10 points to lead West Virginia (28-5).
The Huskies then went on one of their typical runs. UConn scored 27 of the next 29 points to end any hopes of the upset.
The Huskies held West Virginia without a point for nearly the final 11 minutes until a meaningless layup with 28 seconds left.
Greene had six points during the spurt, and also a nifty pass to Moore for a layup off an offensive rebound that made it 49-30 with 8:51 left. Charles, who had missed seven of her first eight shots hit three foul line jumpers and a layup during the burst.
Caroline Doty was in her customary place in the starting lineup after suffering a scary head and neck injury during the Huskies’ NCAA-record 71st straight victory Monday night. The sophomore guard was inadvertently elbowed in the head by Notre Dame’s Ashley Barlow with 50 seconds left in Monday night’s game.
Doty didn’t show any outward signs of the injury, but was ineffective in her 16 minutes, scoring just one point.
West Virginia was making only its second trip to the championship game.