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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

All 11 players get involved in win over Providence

As if there was ever a doubt that UConn was going to extend its winning streak over Providence to 27 games, a 31-4 first-half run pretty much did the trick.

Seven different Huskies scored in the run led by Bria Hartley's 13 points. Getting everybody involved was the theme of the night. For just the second time all season all 11 players scored. UConn shot 65.5 percent from the field and had 29 assists on 35 baskets. I know its easy to justify those numbers since they came against Providence but good basketball is still good basketball. The 29 assists is the most in a Big East game since also having 29 against West Virginia on Mar. 2, 2004.

"I thought we moved the ball really well and it took us a little bit of time to get into the flow of things but we waited a little bit to shoot the 3's that we have been shooting a little earlier," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We gave ourselves a chance to get more things done in the lane and it did happen for us. Having Bria (Hartley) making as many shots as she has been making kind of loosens things up a
little bit. It was a really good effort by everybody. It was one of those wins where your team feels pretty good about the win because everybody had a little bit of a hand in it."

Hartley shared team scoring honors with Tiffany Hayes with 19 points. Hartley was 7 of 7 from the field which is the fourth best performance in program history. Nykesha Sales was 10 for 10 against St. John's in 1996 and Notre Dame in 1997 (which is tied with Louisville's Jazz Covington for the Big East record) while current assistant coach Shea Ralph was 8 for 8 against West Virginia in 1999.

"Everyone had energy," Hartley said. "I think Kelly made a point early in the game to come out and have a lot of intensity. Everybody was having fun out there because we all love to play basketball.

"A lot of it came from our defense, we got a lot of steals and our offense worked well. We are all on the same page, talking and knowing where to be on the floor. Everyone is really excited with the way we played today and it makes the fun again."

Former Hopkins star Lady Okafor led Providence with eight points. Look for more on Okafor in Thursday's edition of the Register.

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