Wow. Three days of basketball, six games at Gampel Pavilion and the World Vision Challenge is complete.
I arrived on the University of Connecticut Friday afternoon, finished with Thanksgiving break and ready to watch some women’s college hoops. The round-robin tournament kicked off on Friday evening at 5 p.m. as LSU hammered Lehigh before a mostly empty house.
But I was there, and I’m proud of it. I figured that since my student ticket got me into the game, I might as well go. And go I did. It was fun.
But the real fun began later, at 7:30 p.m. as UConn took on Howard. The Huskies hammered the Bison, 86-25 and it would have been worse if Geno Auriemma hadn’t taken out all his starters halfway through the second half.
The next afternoon at 5 p.m., Howard lost again, this time to LSU. But once again, the fun started at night, as the Huskies clobbered the Mountain Hawks, 81-51, as Maya Moore pulled to within 48 points of Tina Charles’ year-old school scoring record.
Moore would get 26 of those points in the latter game of the doubleheader on Sunday, leading the Huskies to an 81-51 victory over the LSU Tigers. The game was close for much of the first half before the Huskies pulled away and won big.
Moore will look to get those 22 remaining points on the road against USF on Thursday. The Huskies come home on Sunday to take on Sacred Heart, so I’m kind of hoping she doesn’t get all of them. After all, it would be nice to see her get the record in front of the hometown crowd at the XL Center.
Time will tell how this season will play out, but for now, UConn is 6-0 and has 84 straight wins. So it’s looking to be a great season. We need just four more wins to tie John Wooden’s all time streak for both sexes.
USF, Sacred Heart and Marquette figure to be easy wins. But No. 88 will come against a very good Ohio State team in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. And with all the hype surrounding that game, we could lose it. But one thing’s for sure. This is going to be a great season.
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