Virginia Drops 96-60 Decision to #6/6 Connecticut
Dec. 18, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s basketball suffered a 96-60 loss to No. 6/6 Connecticut on Monday night at the John Paul Jones Arena before a national television audience and a season-high crowd of 5,532 fans.
The Cavaliers fell to 8-3 on the season, while the Huskies remained unbeaten at 7-0 overall. The loss is UVa’s worst home loss since a 35-point decision to No. 2 Old Dominion on Jan. 16, 1980.
Virginia kept the game close in the first half. UConn scored first before junior Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) put UVa on the scoreboard with a three for its only lead of the game. The Huskies then went on an 11-0 run to go ahead by eight, 13-5, before senior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) nailed a three. UConn held a 13-point advantage at halftime, 45-32.
In the second half, Connecticut marched out of the locker room with a 10-3 run to go ahead by 20 points, 55-35. The Huskies utilized the rest of the stanza to build it lead to as many as 38 points.
Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) led UVa with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) followed with 11 points, while freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) added 10 points.
Kalana Greene led five Huskies in double-figure scoring with 21 points. Renee Montgomery followed with 17 points, while Tina Charles added 12. Ketia Swanier and Brittany Hunter added 10 points apiece.
Overall, UConn out-rebounded Virginia, 42-38. The Cavalier shot a season-low 27 percent (20-73) from the field, while the Huskies shot 66 percent (42-64).
Virginia takes a 10-day break for the holidays before hosting its own Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28-29 at JPJA.
1 2 - Final#6/6 Connecticut (7-0) 45 51 - 96Virginia (8-3) 32 28 - 60