Geno Auriemma isn't interested in talking about the gap between No. 1 Connecticut and the rest of women's college basketball. He might not have much of a choice after the way the Huskies dismantled second-ranked North Carolina last night in Chapel Hill.
"I told the players in the locker room that the only gap I'm interested in is the one that exists between when we're playing great and when we're playing poorly," the coach said.
Renee Montgomery scored 21 points to help the Huskies beat the Tar Heels, 88-58, dominating a matchup of unbeaten teams from start to finish.
Maya Moore scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Huskies (18-0).
Italee Lucas had 15 points for the Tar Heels (17-1).
No. 4 Duke 61, North Carolina State 58, OT:: Chante Black had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied for an overtime win over the host Wolfpack (8-10, 0-3).
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No. 4 Pittsburgh 78, No. 8 Syracuse 60:: Sam Young scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, and the Panthers (17-1, 5-1 Big East) came back from their first loss of the season with a home victory over the Orange (17-3, 5-2).
NORFOLK STATE 79, UMES 70: : Neal Pitt scored 27 points, but they weren't enough as the visiting Hawks (3-11, 1-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) fell to the Spartans (5-11, 3-2).
LA ROCHE 86, FROSTBURG STATE 70:: The Bobcats (8-7, 5-3 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) shot 36.4 percent from the field in a loss to the visiting Red Hawks (10-5, 6-2) that ended Frostburg's five-game winning streak.
ST. MARY'S 84, GALLAUDET 59:: Camontae Griffin (Dunbar) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Seahawks (13-3, 6-1 Capital Athletic Conference) past the visiting Bison (7-7, 0-7).
SALISBURY 82, STEVENSON 76:: Greg Woody scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, but the Mustangs (3-12, 2-4 CAC) lost to the host Sea Gulls (7-9, 4-3).
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 83, MORGAN STATE 78:: The Lady Bears (11-5, 3-2 MEAC) came back from 12 down in the second half but couldn't finish the comeback against the host Lady Wildcats (7-8, 1-4).
COPPIN STATE 54, FLORIDA A&M; 50:: Shante Cummings had 11 points and seven rebounds as the Eagles (4-11, 3-2 MEAC) jumped out to an early lead and held on against the host Rattlers (7-8, 3-2).
LONG ISLAND 47, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 46:: The Mount (7-5, 2-5 Northeast Conference) led with less than four minutes remaining but faltered late in a loss to the visiting Blackbirds (6-11, 1-5).
UMES 88, NORFOLK STATE 76:: Casey Martin's career-high 23 points lifted the Lady Hawks (5-9, 2-2 MEAC) over the host Spartans (0-14, 0-5).