WORCESTER, Mass. - Connecticut junior Maya Moore scored 21 points in 23 minutes to lead the No.1-ranked Huskies to a 87-34 victory over the Holy Cross women's basketball team at the DCU Center Friday. Senior guard Bethany O'Dell (Lincoln, R.I.) led the Crusaders with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting. With the loss, Holy Cross evens its record at 2-2 while Connecticut goes to 3-0.
Connecticut scored the game's first four points before O'Dell hit her first of three three-point shots at 17:43 to tally the score at 4-3. The Huskies then staged a 12-point run to go ahead 16-3 before Holy Cross senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) was able to put up the team's second points of the night, a three-point shot at 12:37. Holy Cross was not able to get any closer than 11 points the rest of the way out, going into the halftime with the Huskies ahead 52-22. Connecticut shot 55.6 percent in the half, making 20 of its 36 field goals while Holy Cross shot 36.4 percent on 8-for-22 shooting.
The Huskies outscored Holy Cross 15-2 to start the second half, going up 67-24 at the 14:27 mark. At 12:31, O'Dell hit her third three-pointer of the game to give the Crusaders a lift. Connecticut never looked back however, taking its largest lead of 54 points with a little less than two minutes to go in regulation and finishing with an 87-34 victory. Holy Cross made 12 field goals in the game while Connecticut made 35. The Huskies also took a 37-21 rebound advantage.
McFadden finished the game with eight points to follow O'Dell's 11 total points. Junior forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) brought down a team-high six rebounds and recorded seven points. Three players scored in double-figures for Connecticut, with Moore leading the way with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
Holy Cross will take on its first Massachusetts based opponent, traveling to play Boston College on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.