STORRS, Conn. (AP) Despite UConn's lofty record, Geno Auriemma publicly stated a little something has been absent through his or her team. The Huskies sometimes have last but not least observed it.
UConn turned a two-point halftime direct right rout using a nearly flawless second half.
''The last 20 minutes with the game was because much exciting while I've had in a long, much time time,'' Auriemma said.
A screaming halftime talk from your Hall of Fame coach seemed to include sparked his team.
''Tonight that disappointment arrived with myself from the locker room,'' Auriemma said. ''Kelly (Faris) made all of which stress into concentration and aggressiveness of which assisted people locate a small bit regarding what exactly ended up being missing. . Now one of the keys is definitely positioning up on the item along with introducing for you to it.''
Kelly Faris seemed to be everywhere. She finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds as well as six supports in No. a few UConn's 79-49 victory on the fourth-ranked Blue Devils on Monday night. It seemed to be the 1st diminished the growing season for Duke.
The senior citizen shield looked to obtain your ex side on just about every loose ball and in addition shut down Duke level safeguard Chelsea Gray.
''There happen to be several legends being dressed in that will Connecticut uniform,'' Auriemma said. ''I do not know in the event that anyone symbolized that will uniform, herself, her household just how which kid would tonight. I recognize you will find plenty of people in existence which might be really good. I learn you will discover a great deal of All-Americans who definitely have trialled here. That appeared to be one for your age groups perfect there.''
Auriemma gave Faris a huge hug whenever he required the woman's from the game together with 1:36 left. Usually of which display with feeling is saved for any end connected with your season.
The Blue Devils ended up one more unbeaten group inside men's or women's Division I basketball. The very last time this Blue Devils emerged up to help Connecticut 24 months past they were also unbeaten plus the Huskies had one loss. UConn claimed that game 87-51.
For 20 minutes the Blue Devils strung difficult with UConn. That immediately changed while in the second half. UConn (17-1) placed a two-point cause from halftime and also jumped suitable available about Duke around cost-free half. After investing baskets, the Huskies scored 20 belonging to the next 25 things for taking over directed by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, which finished with 21 years old points, and Faris.
The Blue Devils (16-1) for no reason could recover.
''Coach was pretty nutty with halftime,'' Faris said. ''The most he's already been mad around your while. When we followed out and about in the second half, we contributed that energy in addition to all fed off each and every other. That's what tends to make us a very good staff when we finally most of give off just about every other.''
Duke, which usually hadn't had your crew take place within solo digits most season, was able to be together with UConn while in the first one half because of the Huskies' sloppiness using the ball. UConn have twelve month period turnovers along at the break. Associate mind coach Chris Dailey implored the herd with halftime when your lady seemed to be interviewed to yell ''No extra turnovers.'' The Huskies listened, completing the video game with exclusively some more.
The Blue Devils also contained Stefanie Dolson in the best half.
Dolson, who seem to was scoreless inside first 20 minutes, possessed five points during the decisive work just before taking a your girlfriend fourth strong along with 16:16 eventually left throughout the particular game. That contact drew your ire of Auriemma exactly who halted just short with obtaining a practical foul.
It additionally let go up their team while UConn on going its spurt. After Williams' gift basket on the woman's personal not so great free of charge throw, UConn scored the next thirteen points. Mosqueda-Lewis have half a dozen things over the burst, including a jumper that made it 56-37 along with 11:35 left.
Duke trainer Joanne P. McCallie tested out to prevent your work phoning two timeouts. It had been to no avail.
Williams finally ended your 5 1/2 second drought for Duke by using your hook chance with 10:41 still left throughout the game. That just delivered Duke within 17.
It didn't get every better from there.
''It ended up being a new story regarding not one but two halves for us,'' McCallie said. ''It's constant regarding us, the way we've also been trying to play all year. We played a number of wonderful 20-minute ball, nevertheless have been non-existent to get 40 minutes. Give credit history to be able to Connecticut. They enjoyed good within the next half. There are usually a few fantastic instructions for us to read from. It will allow us all to turn into a better team.''
With the victory, UConn stored survive it's skills of twenty ages without having consecutive household deficits at Gampel Pavilion. This appeared to be the first game enjoyed with campus considering UConn displaced for you to Notre Dame with a point on Jan. 5.
Jones aided Duke remain that sport from the very first half, scoring 12 points. The freshman don't might seem intimidated, smacking 3-pointers as well as having the idea suitable for the Huskies. UConn brought 11-6 earlier just before Jones reach consecutive 3-pointers. Neither group could get greater than a four-point cause others in the industry associated with this 1 / 2 as being the guide transformed seven times.
Mosqueda-Lewis' 3-pointer together with 54 seconds left offered the Huskies a 31-27 benefits but Williams came correct to come back which includes a three-point play involving her own. UConn led 32-30 with halftime.
UConn taken fifty percent from your field in the primary half, nonetheless was executed in simply by 12 turnovers.
Dolson has been honored prior to adventure with a ball to commemorate her 1,000th occupation stage this your lover scored versus Syracuse.