Top-Ranked UConn Tops UW in Caribbean Classic

Dec. 18, 2008

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Tina Charles scored 29 points to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 109-51 win against Washington at the Caribbean Classic on Thursday.

Charles made her first 12 shots and finished 13-of-15 from the field for her second consecutive 20-point game.

UConn sophomore Maya Moore added 23 points and 14 rebounds, wrapping up her fourth double-double of the season by halftime. Freshman Tiffany Hayes also scored 13 for UConn (8-0).

Sara Mosiman scored 11 points and Laura McLellan had 10 for Washington (3-4), which has lost all three of its meetings with UConn. Each time, Connecticut has been undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Both teams were dealing with injuries at the Moon Palace Resort.

McLellan was playing with a sore ankle and Heidi McNeill had a thigh bruise, but both started for Washington. Reserve forward Mackenzie Argens did not play while rehabilitating her left knee following surgery earlier this month.

UConn played without reserve forward Meghan Gardler, who was kept out of the game as a precaution after sustaining a blow to the head during practice on Wednesday.

Connecticut scored the first nine points and built its lead to 16-3 by the first media timeout, missing just once in its first eight shots.

Taking advantage of a major height advantage, UConn went inside to Charles and increased its lead to a 36-18 with 7:26 left in the half. Charles finally missed her first shot with 15:44 to go in the game, but calmly gathered the offensive rebound and scored.

The nation's best shooting team shook off its worst shooting performance of the season against Penn State, going 24-of-34 from the field in opening a 57-24 halftime lead. UConn wound up shooting 64.2 percent for the game, and held Washington to just 26.3 percent.

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