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No. 1 UConn 85, St. John’s 43

February 16, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Swin Cash scored 19 points as top-ranked Connecticut routed St. John’s 85-43 in the Big East on Tuesday night.

Connecticut (23-1, 12-0 Big East) held St. John’s (8-15, 3-10) to 25 percent shooting and to 16 points in the second half.

Svetlana Abrosimova added 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting and had 11 rebounds for the Huskies, who have won four consecutive games by an average of 35 points since their only defeat of the season against No. 2 Tennessee on Feb. 2.

Connecticut, which looked sluggish in the first half, used stifling defense to force 30 turnovers that led to easy transition baskets.

Connecticut played the second half without leading scorer Shea Ralph, who rolled her ankle in the opening minutes.

Sue Bird’s jumper gave Connecticut a 51-33 lead with 13:38 remaining as the Huskies pulled away after leading by 11 at halftime.

After a 3-pointer by St. John’s Eukeisha Iton made it 56-37, Connecticut went on a 14-0 run behind eight points by Abrosimova.

The Huskies extended the lead to 77-41 with just over three minutes left.

Kennitra Johnson added 15 points for the Huskies, who finished with a 45-30 advantage on the boards.

Aiysha Smith, with 11 points, was the only player in double figures for St. John’s.

Connecticut struggled to a 36-27 halftime lead, commiting 12 turnovers and shooting 39 percent.

Connecticut has won the last 14 games against St. John’s since a 54-51 loss at Alumni Hall in 1993.

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