Andrew Callahan, Staff Writer
Historically, when the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams get together in any sport, you’ll find exactly what you’d expect. Back and forth game, blows traded by each squad and generally a close finish. Just twenty minutes through No. 2 UConn’s battle with No. 3 Duke, this game will surely go down in history– just for all the wrong reasons.
With a national television crowd watching, the Huskies opened the first five minutes on a punishing 13-0 run and did not let up until the buzzer sounded. At the commencement of a merciful halftime for the visiting Blue Devils, the scoreboard read 41-15 in favor of the Huskies. Backdoor cuts, long-range three pointers and UConn defensive stops highlighted the first half for the home team while Duke simply imploded. Nothing has been going their way and things aren’t looking up after a turnover to start the second half.
Maya Moore leads all scorers (and Duke) with sixteen points as Kelly Faris trails behind her with eleven. Following a five-game slump in which she’s failed really to do anything, it’s been a very encouraging performance for the sophomore. A comfortable plus-10 edge in rebounding has been propelled by freshman center Stephanie Dolson while senior Jasmine Thomas leads the Blue Devils with a measly three points.