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#1 Huskies Beat Down Duke, 81-48
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#1 Huskies Beat Down Duke, 81-48
By Orin Day
January 18, 2010

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It's now official - the rest of the nation is playing for second. Five of Geno Auriemma's Connecticut Huskies scored in double figures, led by Maya Moore with 20, en route to a 33 point win. Duke cut UConn's lead to just 10 at halftime and seemed to have momentum after a Jasmine Thomas basket cut the Blue Devil deficit to just eight. But backbreaking three after three from the Huskies blew the game wide open, capped by back-to-back treys from Maya Moore that ballooned the visitors' lead to 22. Jasmine Thomas led Duke with 17 points but was the only consistent option on offense for the Blue Devils, who sputtered to just 3-12 from long range. To their credit Duke kept fighting, but could do no better than keep the margin between 20 and 30. "I'm very proud in our effort in playing hard, but I thought we bugged out in terms of managing the ball and managing possessions better in the second half," said Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie. "We made some choices that hurt us greatly. The game was possession basketball and that was the key." Indeed, Duke turned the ball over 23 times in the game.

UConn starters celebrate a trey by reserve<br>Lorin Dixon in the closing moments at Duke
UConn starters celebrate a trey by reserve
Lorin Dixon that capped their 57th straight win.
UConn not only extended its winning streak to 57 games, but also held its 207th consecutive opponent to under 50% shooting - Duke managed just 19-56 (33.9%) from the field. On the other end the Huskies shot 50% or better each half, and an insane 8-11 from three in the second half. Surprisingly Duke won the battle of the boards 35-31, but Tina Charles was dominant underneath with 14 boards and nobody could stop Maya Moore. "Maya shone tonight but if those threes don't go in and we don't make those plays on the perimeter, we're in trouble," said Auriemma. "This past weekend is unbelievable," he continued in reference to the win and a similar victory over #3 Notre Dame Saturday in Storrs. "It's as good as I felt in a long time." McCallie continued, "They're definitely out there on their own. You want what they have, those championships, you strive for it but it doesn't happen overnight."

UConn rolls on towards the dream of a second consecutive perfect season, while Duke looks to regroup against Virginia Tech Thursday in Cameron. "I'm excited for ACC play," said McCallie. "A little film in the morning always brightens your day and we'll be ready to play after this disappointment."



Previewing UConn
 
#1 Huskies Beat Down Duke, 81-48
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