2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Connecticut 101, Long Island 29
Posted: Saturday March 17, 2001 09:43 PM
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STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Connecticut could have taken the last 28 1/2 minutes off.

The top-seeded Huskies scored the first 18 points and never looked back, getting at least two baskets from 11 players and embarrassing overmatched 16th seed Long Island in an NCAA Tournament East Region first-round game.

Sue Bird scored 13 points to lead six players in double figures as Connecticut (29-2) did not miss injured All-Americans Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph. The defending national champions kept LIU (16-15) off the board for the first seven minutes and had enough points to win by the 8:27 mark of the first half.

Swin Cash had 12 points and 16 rebounds and freshman Diana Taurasi and reserve Tamika Williams also scored 12 apiece for UConn, which recorded the most lopsided NCAA Tournament victory in the school's rich history. The Huskies routed Hampton, 116-45, in the first round last year.

Asjha Jones was the other player in double figures for Connecticut with 11 points. The Huskies had nearly as many assists (27) as the Blackbirds had points en route to their eighth straight NCAA first-round win.

UConn shot nearly 58 percent (44-of-76) from the field while holding LIU to 15 percent (10-of-65). The Blackbirds made just 3-of-30 shots in the second half, committed 19 turnovers and were outrebounded, 57-31.

Kim Mac Millan scored 15 points but was the only player in double figures for Long Island and made just 6-of-25 shots, including 2-of-16 from the field. The Northeast Conference champions were making their first NCAA appearance.

Connecticut outscored LIU in the paint, 54-4, and had 31 points off turnovers compared to one for the Blackbirds.

UConn will carry a 12-game winning streak into Monday's second-round encounter with Maryland or Colorado State.


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