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Top-ranked UConn women blast Purdue

Sunday, January 6, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Tina Charles had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 1 Connecticut defeated Purdue 100-50 on Sunday in the Boilermakers' worst-ever defeat.

Purdue's worst loss had been by 46 points to Ohio State on Jan. 14, 1983.

Brittany Hunter scored 15 points, Meghan Gardler scored 14 and Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery each had 13 points for the Huskies (13-0).

Danielle Campbell scored 12 points and Lakisha Freeman added 10 for Purdue (6-8) in the nationally televised game.

Connecticut scored the most points Purdue has ever allowed at home, and it was just the third time a Purdue opponent has scored 100 or more points.

Connecticut has won its past three games by a combined 149 points. The Huskies shot 49 percent against Purdue and outrebounded the Boilermakers 55-34.

Connecticut also held the Boilermakers to 29 percent shooting, including 1-for-13 from 3-point range.

The Huskies made their first four shots to take a 9-0 lead and force Purdue to call a timeout less than two minutes into the game. Purdue finally scored on a free throw with 16:09 left in the first half. Samantha Woods scored Purdue's first field goal with 9:06 left in the first half, but Connecticut still led 29-6.

Connecticut led 53-14 at halftime as Purdue tied for its lowest point total in a half. The Boilermakers shot 4-for-26, committed 16 turnovers and had six shots blocked.

Tahirah Williams made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give the Huskies their first 100-point game of the season. They had scored 90 or more three times.



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