In what was supposed to be a heavyweight matchup, only Connecticut came out swinging.
Maya Moore scored 29 points and No. 2 UConn routed Duke, 87-51, on Monday night, handing the third-ranked Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
The senior All-American also grabbed nine rebounds and made seven assists for the Huskies (21-1), who opened the game on a 23-2 run and ran away from the Blue Devils (20-1).
“We knew we had to have a really good start, because when you have a really good team in your place, you don’t want them to think they can get in the game,” Moore said.
Tiffany Hayes added 20 points for the Huskies, who have won 73 consecutive home games. It was UConn’s ninth straight win since having its record 90-game win streak snapped in a loss to Stanford on Dec. 30.
Kelly Faris had 14 points, and Stefanie Dolson added eight points and 12 rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas had 13 point (on 4-for-16 shooting) to lead Duke (20-1), which was making its first visit to Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
“How many times can you keep letting someone punch you?” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “I mean, the outcome was never in question here. You all know that. I am about the process and the fight, and we had no fight.”
Connecticut opened the game by pressing on defense. Duke missed its first 12 shots, including six 3-pointers and the Huskies jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Shay Selby’s layup just over 5 minutes into the game got the Blue Devils on the board.
They didn’t score again until Karima Christmas hit a free throw with under 9 minutes to go in the half, and by that time, UConn was up 23-3.
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Texas never trailed and built a 25-point lead by halftime thanks to hot shooting and stifling defense.
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Wright, who was held scoreless in the Hoyas’ win at then-No. 8 Villanova on Saturday, went 8-for -8 from the free throw line, including making two with 4.4 seconds remaining that forced the Cardinals to attempt a 3-pointer to tie. Franklin High grad Peyton Siva, who had perhaps his worst collegiate game, dribbled down the court and missed from the top of the key at the horn.