UConn Women's Basketball: Huskies putting hurt on teams

Joe Perez

Twelve games into the season and the top-ranked UConn women’s basketball team has yet to be tested. With a 42.5 average margin of victory, the Huskies aren’t simply winning games. They are demolishing the opposition.

Even when the Huskies faced current No. 2 Stanford, they won by 12 points in a game that was decided long before the final minutes. This killer instinct is just another sign of maturation from a team that returned all of its players from a year ago.

“We just have so many scoring opportunities,” forward/center Brittany Hunter said. “And our bench, without Kalana (Greene) is a little rough, but we still have a deep bench, I would say. We’re always looking to take advantage of our scoring opportunities.

Losing Greene has yet to hurt the Huskies (12-0) on the court as they have won its four games since by no fewer than 32 points. Meanwhile the team’s defense has shown improvement. With all but one Big East game  and three non-conference games in front of them, the true test of the Huskies is underway.

Today, they will face an underachieving Purdue (6-7) squad on the road that is missing two starters and lost its best player to graduation. Adding to the challenge is that the game will be seen on national television.

The Huskies hope that the combination of playing on the road, national television and any pressure with being ranked tops in the country doesn’t equal a recipe for disaster.

“It’s going to be real good,” center Tina Charles said. “We’re not going to look at it because we’re on national television we’re going to do anything different or less. We’re going to go out there and play UConn basketball.”

Charles will need to continue her play from Thursday, where she put up 19 points and 11 rebounds. Purdue’s top three scorers play in its front court and four of its five starters average 5.6 rebounds or more, compared to two for UConn.

The game will also present the country its first opportunity to see freshman star Maya Moore (15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds per game) for the first time this season. Moore extended her team record of games scoring in double figures to start a career to 12. She fell four assists shy of a triple-double against Villanova.

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