Taurasi leads UConn as it opens title defense

Ex-Colony High star Jessica Moore scores 18 points for Huskies on 9-for-12 shooting

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

STORRS, Conn. - Diana Taurasi had 26 points and eight rebounds Sunday, helping No. 1 Connecticut begin its national title defense with a 95-46 rout of Western Michigan.

Taurasi, last season's national player of the year, scored 11 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes. She was 10-for-11 from the field for the game with seven assists.

The Broncos (0-2), the 2003 Mid-American Conference champs, were overmatched inside and outside and couldn't contend with UConn's crisp passing.

The Huskies had 17 assists on their first 17 baskets and built a 53-21 lead at the half, shooting 70 percent. UConn led by 55 points in the second half.

Taurasi found teammates with no-look passes and blew by defenders for off-balance scoops and reverse layups. The senior needs 565 points to break the school's career scoring mark of 2,178 points set by Nykesha Sales in 1995-98.

UConn outscored Western Michigan 54-6 in the paint behind 18 points from center Jessica Moore of Palmer, who graduated from Colony High School. Ashley Battle added 11 points for UConn. She and Ann Strother combined for six of UConn's 14 steals.

Maria Jilian led the Broncos with eight points.

The four-time national champion Huskies unveiled their 2003 NCAA title banner prior to the game before the sellout crowd at Gampel Pavilion.

No. 2 Texas 69, North Carolina St. 56

RALEIGH, N.C. - Jamie Carey made seven straight baskets in the second half and finished with 23 points for Texas in the Jimmy V Classic.

Texas (2-0) also got 14 points from Kala Bowers, and 11 rebounds from Tiffany Jackson. N.C. State (1-1) was led by Kaayla Chones' 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Texas led 31-22 at halftime despite hitting just 12 of its first 35 shots.

No. 3 Tennessee 83, Chattanooga 52

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Shyra Ely had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Tennessee opened its season with a victory.

Shanna Zolman added 13 points and Loree Moore 12 for the Lady Vols, who play eight ranked opponents in their next nine games.

The Lady Mocs (1-1), were led by Katasha Brown with 16 points.

No. 4 Duke 93, No. 5 Purdue 63

RALEIGH, N.C. - All-American Alana Beard had 20 points despite foul trouble, and Mistie Bass and Iciss Tillis added 18 each for Duke in the Jimmy V Classic.

The Blue Devils (2-1) took the rematch of the 1999 national title game won by Purdue.

Shereka Wright had 20 points for Purdue in its debut.

No. 6 Stanford 79, Fordham 53

STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 20 points and nine rebounds, and won its fifth straight home opener.

Kristen Newlin added 16 points for the Cardinal (2-0), who have won 34 of their last 35 home games. Susan Borchardt had 11.

Stacey Price had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Fordham (1-1).

No. 7 Texas Tech 73,

No. 15 Rutgers 45

LUBBOCK, Texas - Casey Jackson had 10 points and 19 rebounds to lead Texas Tech in the Women's Preseason NIT championship game.

The Lady Raiders (4-0) held their fourth consecutive opponent under 50 points and ran away from a second straight top-25 opponent. Tournament MVP Jia Perkins added 15 points for the Lady Raiders.

Rutgers (3-1) was led by Cappie Pondexter with 15 points.

No. 13 Minnesota 95,

No. 16 Colorado 61

MINNEAPOLIS - Lindsay Whalen scored 24 points, and Minnesota won the Subway Classic.

Janel McCarville had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Gophers (2-0). Liz Podominick added 15 points and Shannon Schonrock 14.

Katie Fagan led Colorado (3-1) with 14 points.

No. 14 North Carolina 92, Hofstra 45

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ivory Latta had 18 points and seven assists for North Carolina.

Latta made four 3-point baskets for the Tar Heels (2-0). Camille Little had 16 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina, which got 14 points and 11 boards from Candace Sutton and 13 points from Nikita Bell.

Cigi McCollin led Hofstra (0-1) with 16 points.

No. 16 Ohio St. 71, Florida A&M 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jessica Davenport had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State.

Caity Matter made five of 12 shots from 3-point range and added 21 for the Buckeyes (2-0).

Yolanda Dixon shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 19 points for Florida A&M.

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