Tuesday, January 20, 2009

UConn vs Syracuse - The Good and the Bad - Jan 17 2009

Historic Day for Huskies:

Sophomore Maya Moore scored a career-high 40 points to become the fastest player in UConn history to reach the 1,000-point milestone in 55 games, surpassing Svetlana Abrosimova’s previous record of 63 games, as the No. 1/1 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated Syracuse University 107-53.

Moore finished the afternoon shooting 14-of-23 from the floor with 10 three-point field goals, a program-best as well as a new BIG EAST record, as she picked up her 18th consecutive game with double-figure points. Her 13 rebounds also marked her team-leading eighth double-double of the season and 19th of her career.

Moore’s 40-point tally made her only the second UConn player to score 40 or more points in a game, joining Nykesha Sales who registered 46 points vs. Stanford on Dec. 21, 1997. Her 10 three-pointers also broke the UConn single-game record surpassing Wendy Davis’ previous mark of eight vs. Florida on Dec. 8, 1991.

The Huskies’ 18 three-pointers broke the program single-game record of 14, which was accomplished on three previous occasions. The mark also ties the BIG EAST Conference single-game record.

Caroline Doty went down with a knee injury at the end of the first half.

The game was very physical at times with the Syracuse players taking several cheap shots. However, UConn was up for the challenge, especially Caroline Doty who stood up to them every time they got overly aggessive.

It was a very exciting game with so many great plays and shots made by the Huskies. It was a historic day with all the 3-pointers by Maya Moore and the entire team, but it was also very sad to see Caroline go down. She had torn her ACL playing soccer in high school that left her unable to play basketball in her senior year. When she went down to the ground grabbing at her knee and yelling in pain we knew that it was probably another tear. I played back those moments on DVR when I got home and to see it all happen and hear her shouts of anguish were just devastating.

Tom and James

Caroline Doty

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