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Villanova Falls To No. 3 Connecticut, 92-49

Feb. 24, 2007

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -Tina Charles had 21 points and 13 rebounds and No. 3 Connecticut remained unbeaten in the Big East with a 92-49 rout of Villanova on Saturday.

The freshman center, coming off a 34-point night Tuesday against South Florida, scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at halftime against the Wildcats. Charles played just 25 minutes.

UConn (26-2, 15-0) had four players in double figures, and never trailed. Mel Thomas had 16 points and hit three of her four 3-point shots. Renee Montgomery added 13 points and eight assists and Charde Houston had 12 points.

The Huskies took a 19-5 lead, led by Charles, who hit five of her first seven shots, all from inside 3-feet. Her foul-line jumper with 7:50 left in the half gave the Huskies a 31-11 lead, and UConn led 45-17 at the half.

Villanova (7-21, 1-14) was led by Lisa Karcic and Stacie Witman, who each had 17 points. But the Wildcats had only one player, 6-foot-3 Heather Scanlon, taller than 6-1, and were dominated inside.

The Huskies outrebounded the Wildcats 53-24 and held them without a 2-point field goal for the last 14:23 of the first half.

Villanova took 20 shots from behind the arc before intermission, and hit just four, three from Karcic.

The Wildcats scored the first six points of the second half, but UConn responded with a 31-3 run to stretch its lead to 50 at 76-26.

UConn clinched the conference's regular season title Tuesday, and the Huskies donned championship T-shirts and received their trophy following Saturday's win.

The loss means Villanova will end the season with fewer wins than in any of coach Harry Perretta's 29 seasons at the school. The 1989-90 Wildcats finished 9-19.

The Wildcats had won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons.