Villanova Can't Handle Heat

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- After No. 2 UConn used full-court pressure to turn a potentially close game into a blowout, Villanova coach Harry Perretta is hoping his team can take the lesson.

Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half and the Huskies forced 23 turnovers in a 72-49 win on Saturday.

"We had trouble with their press," Perretta said. "I thought it was a good game, but they're a younger team and in the end we couldn't sustain the pace. Going with five guards made it very difficult to guard them. I did a poor job early on of not putting them in the right position."

Hayes scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half and the Huskies harassed the Wildcats into 23 turnovers in No. 2 UConn's 72-49 win on Saturday.

Connecticut scored 21 points off those turnovers and turned what was a competitive game with just over 12 minutes to play into a blowout.

"We tried doing the same things we always do, trying to pick up full court pressure and Villanova isn't an easy team to press and trap against," Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. "But once we got the pressure deep into their backcourt, I think we unsettled them."

Rachel Roberts scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who got within five points when two baskets by Emily Leer made it 41-36, but Connecticut (14-2, 4-1 Big East) answered by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to retake control of the game.

"I was hoping we'd have enough success where (Villanova) missed some threes," Auriemma said. "But Villanova makes it very, very hard to defend them. We had to change some things up and the pressure with the guards had an intended effect. I think there was one stretch there when they had eight turnovers."

Hayes scored 10 straight points during a four-minute stretch.

She scored a layup, nailed a 3-pointer, ripped through the Villanova defense for another layup and finished with another 3-pointer to give Connecticut a 58-42 lead with less than six minutes to play.

"My teammates were finding me," Hayes said. "We worked on some of the (five-guard) stuff during practice this week. I like it. It's faster paced and it gives us a lot of good looks and it creates a lot of steals."

Villanova (11-6, 2-3) went 7:49 without scoring in the first half, turning a 15-11 lead into a 26-15 deficit. Connecticut went into halftime leading 37-26.

Official Basketball Box Score

UConn vs Villanova

01/14/12 2:00 PM at The Pavilion (Villanova, Pa.) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

VISITORS: UConn (14-2, 4-1 BE)

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

31 Dolson, Stefanie.... c 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 17

03 Hayes, Tiffany...... g 9-14 3-5 1-3 1 4 5 3 22 3 5 0 3 37

05 Doty, Caroline...... g 4-9 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 9 1 0 0 1 26

14 Hartley, Bria....... g 4-8 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 10 7 0 0 4 39

34 Faris, Kelly........ g 3-6 1-2 4-4 3 4 7 2 11 5 3 1 2 36

12 Engeln, Lauren...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

13 Banks, Brianna...... 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 11

23 MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, K... 6-12 3-5 1-1 0 2 2 2 16 0 0 0 3 29

25 Johnson, Michala.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

32 Buck, Heather....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 28-55 10-20 6-10 5 22 27 9 72 18 11 2 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-27 55.6% 2nd Half: 13-28 46.4% Game: 50.9% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-11 54.5% 2nd Half: 4-9 44.4% Game: 50.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 1-1 100 % 2nd Half: 5-9 55.6% Game: 60.0% 3,1 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

HOME TEAM: Villanova (11-6, 2-3 BE)

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

21 BURFORD, Lauren..... f 3-9 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 7 1 3 0 0 33

33 SWEENEY, Laura...... f 2-10 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 3 7 0 3 0 3 22

02 ROBERTS, Rachel..... g 5-9 4-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 16 4 3 0 0 35

03 CAREY, Jesse........ g 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 5 4 0 2 20

12 KIMMEL, Lindsay..... g 3-5 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 9 2 4 1 0 33

11 HOLEMAN, Taylor..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

13 BURTON, Kendall..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

22 KANE, Devon......... 2-5 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 24

24 PEARSON, Megan...... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 3 2 0 0 18

25 SUHEY, Emily........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

55 LEER, Emily......... 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 7

TEAM................ 5 5 1

Totals.............. 17-43 11-24 4-4 3 23 26 13 49 17 23 1 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-22 40.9% 2nd Half: 8-21 38.1% Game: 39.5% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-12 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-12 41.7% Game: 45.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-2 100 % 2nd Half: 2-2 100 % Game: 100 % 0 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Officials: Angela Lewis, Dennis DeMayo, Tina Napier

Technical fouls: UConn-None. Villanova-None.

Attendance: 3206

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

UConn......................... 37 35 - 72

Villanova..................... 26 23 - 49

Points in the paint-UCONN 28,VU 4. Points off turnovers-UCONN 21,VU 7.

2nd chance points-UCONN 5,VU 3. Fast break points-UCONN 9,VU 0.

Bench points-UCONN 16,VU 10. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-2 times.

Last FG-UCONN 2nd-01:02, VU 2nd-00:19.

Largest lead-UCONN by 26 2nd-01:02, VU by 4 1st-13:00.


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