Connecticut Huskies vs Cincinnati Bearcats

Photographs of UConn Women vs Cincinnati basketball

Dimunutive guard Renee Montgomery stepped up big time in Connecticut's rout of Cincinnati 86-49 at the Hartford Civic Center. Montgomery moved from point guard to shooting guard Saturday in a necessary line up reshuffling and responded by scoring a career-high 27 points. Montgomery hit 7-of-11 from 3-point range, and was 10-of-17 from the floor. The junior finished three points shy of 1,000 for her career. Auriemma's changes were forced after shooting guard Mel Thomas, who had been averaging just over 10 points a game, tore a ligament and cartilage in her right knee during the closing minutes of Tuesday night's 63-59 win at Syracuse. The Huskies had already lost starting small forward Kalana Greene to a similar injury in December during the South Carolina game. Although Montgomery'e performance was stellar make no mistake this was a team effort. Freshman phenom Maya Moore had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and ever improving Kaili McLaren had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The best news was the play of feshman Loren Dixon. Dixon made her first career start at the point. Dixon went more than 20 minutes without a turnover before being stripped of the ball on a drive early in the second half. She finished with seven assists and three turnovers. UConn is now 17-0, 5-0 Big East. All photographs Copyright 2008 Jerry Molaver

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