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No. 3 Connecticut 82, Rutgers 69

December 31, 1997

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Nykesha Sales scored 24 points as third-ranked Connecticut remained undefeated with an 82-69 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday.

UConn (12-0, 2-0 Big East) led by only six points at halftime, but began to pull away early in the second half. Sales scored nine points in the first four minutes of the second half, and the Huskies increased their lead to 14 after holding Rutgers scoreless for 2 1/2 minutes.

Rutgers freshman Natasha Pointer led the Scarlet Knights (5-5, 1-1) with 18 points, but sat for the final six minutes because of foul trouble.

Stacy Hansmeyer had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Huskies, who scored 25 points off 25 Rutgers turnovers.

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