By Colin McDonough, Senior Staff Writer
Maya Moore scored 28 points to lead the way for the No. 2 UConn women’s basketball team as they defeated Pittsburgh 66-46 at Gampel Pavilion. Moore scored 20 points in the first half and the Huskies’ starters put away the pesky Panthers in front of a near-sellout crowd in Storrs.
“I was really proud of the way we pulled it out,” Moore said. “We kept fighting and the coaching staff said it in the locker room, it’s ok to struggle.”
Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson also scored in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively. But UConn did not get any help from the bench, scoring zero bench points. Lorin Dixon and Heather Buck were the only reserves to take field goals but missed both.
“There wasn’t a great flow to the game,” said coach Geno Auriemma. “Except when Lorin Dixon was in the game there didn’t seem to be a lot of good stuff happening, it was all forced.”
UConn’s defense stifled Pittsburgh and only allowed two Panthers to score in double figures. Chelsea Cole and Taneisha Harrison scored 10 and 16, respectively but Pitt also had trouble scoring bench points with only one. But an amazing stat was free throw differential. UConn shot 20 foul shots while Pitt only had four chances from the line.
“It’s amazing to me, it’s amazing to me,” said coach Agnus Berenato. “It was a pretty fun game for everyone to watch and I guess they didn’t want to stop the clock.”
The Huskies next game is Wednesday at Rutgers.