Dec. 19, 2005
Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore guard Mel Thomas poured in a game-high 23 points, thanks to a 5-for-12 performance from behind the arc to lead the ninth-ranked Connecticut women's basketball team to an 81-54 non-conference win over Holy Cross in front of a crowd of 13,106 on Monday night at the Hartford Civic Center. Holy Cross falls to 3-6 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 8-1.
Junior center Kaitlin Foley led the Crusaders with 12 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Brittany Keil added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Shannon Bush chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 lead four minutes into the game until a Keil trey at the top of the key ended the Holy Cross dry spell at the 15:46 mark. Keil's three-ball sparked a 13-4 run to cut the lead to one (14-13) with 12:34 remaining. Holy Cross kept things close over the next three minutes and found themselves down by just one (18-17) with 9:52 left after a Foley basket inside, but UConn then went on a 22-6 run to close out the half with a 40-23 advantage.
Connecticut did not let up in the second half and pounded the ball inside, holding a 38-22 points in the paint advantage for the game. The Huskies' biggest lead of the night was 30 points (81-51) with 1:20 remaining.
UConn shot 48 percent from the floor and held the Crusaders to just 32 percent, while out-rebounding Holy Cross 48-37. The Huskies also forced 23 Crusader miscues, scoring 25 points off of those turnovers.
Ann Strother recorded 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds while fellow senior Barbara Turner had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for UConn.
Holy Cross has an eight day break before traveling to the University of Virginia for the Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28 when it plays Boston University in the first round.