Women Drop Finale

Jessica Moore scored 20 points and Diana Taurasi added 17 to lead six Connecticut double-digit scorers to lead the #1 Huskies to a 100-72 victory over the West Virginia women's basketball team Tuesday in Storrs, Conn.

WVU's two-week defensive slump continued as the Huskies shot 58% from the floor and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. It was a rebounding extravaganza for the regular-season Big East champs, as they grabbed a total of 52 boards to 20 for WVU.

West Virginia was only in the game for about a minute, as Sherell Sowho took a turnover off the opening tip and coverted a hoop to give the Mountaineers a 3-0 edge. The Huskies responded with an 11-0 run and gradually extended their advantage throughout the first half. WVU couldn't respond - as Mike Carey switched his defense to a zone in an attempt to fix his rebounding woes, the Huskies lit up the scoreboard from three-point range. Switching out of zone, the Huskies dominated the inside.

To WVU's credit, the offense struggled to open the game but adjusted nicely as time went on, thus the 72 points on the board. Sherell Sowho broke out of her shooting slump to lead all scorers with points on 8-18 shooting, 6-13 from three-point range. Meg Bulger made her case again for Rookie of the Year, scoring a career-high 21 points on 8-13 shooting, and grabbing a team-high four rebounds. The Mountaineers only committed four turnovers for the entire game, while dishing 13 assists. On the other hand, UConn committed 14 turnovers, accounting for many of WVU's defensive stops.

Kate Bulger scored 14 points for WVU on 5-17 shooting, including 4-9 from three-point range. Kate broke Trish Juhline's (Villanova) Big East conference record for career three-pointers.

West Virginia finishes its regular season at 19-9, 10-6 in conference play, good enough for a sixth place finish. The Mountaineers will face St. John's in the opening round of the Big East tournament on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.


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