Thursday, January 10, 2008

Once again the Huskies have made it look too easy.

There were thoughts a road game at Purdue would provide a test. Wrong. UConn went into Mackey Arena on Sunday and toyed with Purdue. It was so bad in the 100-50 win, that the Boilermakers' fans were upset at UConn for running up the score late in the game, so Geno Auriemma had to remove Meghan Gardler. Gardler had 14 points (a career-high) in 11 minutes.

Last night, the Huskies came right out and attacked the Mountaineers of West Virginia. It started with a 13-0 run to start the game. From that point, the Mountaineers looked like a team drowning. Meg Bulger, arguably West Virginia's best player, was a non-factor.

What UConn did -- besides play spectacular defense -- was get scoring from all parts of the floor. Tina Charles did it inside, Mel Thomas outside, Maya Moore in and out; Renee Montgomery and Ketia Swanier distributed the ball and the Huskies crashed the glass against a team that should have been more of an equal.

When will the Huskies actually face a team that will make them break a sweat?
Duke and Stanford didn't, so finding a team that can is tough.

It's unlikely that the next two games, both on the road, will do the trick. Louisville has the conference's best player and Syracuse is much improved, but neither of those does the trick. Then Cincinnati comes to Gampel, and the Bearcats are not very good. It's the next game to look forward to: North Carolina. I'm not going to jump into that breakdown just yet, but there aren't many teams that can stay on the court with the Huskies, as the repeated 30-point-plus wins attest.

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