Connecticut's Maya Moore, right, and coach Geno Auriemma celebrate in the second half of the second NCAA college basketball game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Connecticut won their 88th game in a row, 81-50. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
For the second time in as many games, the UConn's women's basketball team overcame shaky play to earn the victory. This is what happens when you have one of the best basketball players on the planet in Maya Moore (not to mention her Academic All-American credentials).
After beating Notre Dame a week ago to regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since early this year, the Huskies struggled in the first half on Tuesday against Seton Hall before putting the Pirates away in the final 20 minutes. And Saturday, facing a stifling Georgetown defense, UConn registered a season-high 26 turnovers, the lowlight having to be eight turnovers in 10 possessions during a six-minute stretch in the second half.
But teams with UConn's pedigree don't rattle easily. Winners of 16 in a row (not to mention 65 straight against Big East teams and 24 in a row against Georgetown), they got the ball to Moore and let her do the rest. She had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (and 5 turnovers, too).
But even with the turnover woes, UConn led 33-19 at the half before winning by 10.
"It made it less sweet for us because we’ve never been a team that’s solely focused on the win,” Moore told the Associated Press. “It’s always been how we win, so when we don’t win the way we know we can, it’s not as sweet.”
This is akin to "rich people problems." Yes, the win probably wasn't how Geno Auriemma drew it up, but UConn was also without backup center Heather Buck. And starting center Stefanie Dolson's two quick fouls early against Georgetown meant that the Huskies rotated just seven players for much of the game. And they still won by double-digits, clinching the top seed in the Big East tournament in the process.
A lot of teams would love to have these worries.