No. 3 Connecticut 78, B.C. 53
BOSTON (AP) _ Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi scored 16 points apiece Sunday as No. 3 Connecticut beat Boston College 78-53.
Shea Ralph had 10 points and eight rebounds as the Huskies (20-2, 10-1 Big East) avenged a loss in their last appearance in the Conte Forum, when Boston College won 78-66 on Jan. 23, 1999, snapping UConn’s 16-game conference winning streak.
Janelle McManus had 20 points and Becky Gottstein scored 16 with 12 rebounds for BC (8-14, 2-9), which dropped into a four-way tie for 11th in the Big East. Only the top 12 teams in the conference qualify for the postseason tournament.
BC tied it 17-all on Amber Jacobs’ free throw with 9:25 left in the first half. But Cash hit a jumper to give the Huskies the lead, Ralph hit a 3-pointer, then Cash made a pair of baskets to complete a 10-0 run.
UConn nursed its lead until it went on a 16-2 run midway through the second half, turning a 12-point game into a 66-40 blowout.
UConn lost to then-No. 3 Tennessee Feb. 1, but since then the Huskies had beaten Villanova and Virginia Tech by a combined score of 165-77.
BC has lost nine of its last 10, all in the Big East. The Eagles have lost to Nos. 1, 2, 3 (twice) and 5 and are 0-7 against top 25 teams.