UConn Women Clinch Big East

Huskies avenge earlier loss to No. 4 Rutgers
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 11:19 PM CST
UConn Women Clinch Big East
Members of Connecticut's women's basketball team celebrate after defeating Rutgers 66-46 in Hartford, Conn., on Monday, March. 3, 2008. Connecticut clinched the women's regular-season Big East title with the victory. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Top-ranked UConn avenged its only loss of the season tonight, dominating C. Vivian Stringer's Rutgers squad, 66-46, to clinch the Big East regular season title. The Huskies, now 29-1, were led by their trio of stars: Tina Charles with 15 points, 17 rebounds; Renee Montgomery, 21 points; and Maya Moore, 19 points. Essence Carson led Rutgers with 15, reports the Hartford Courant.

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UConn's Montgomery had 12 of her points during a 22-8 run to close out the game and was praised by her coach. "No disrespect to the Rutgers players but (Montgomery) was the best guard on the floor tonight," said Huskies coach Geno Auriemma, who earned his 650th career win. Moore broke UConn's freshman scoring record with a first-half jumper. (Read more women's basketball stories.)

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