Dec. 31, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. - Sacred Heart senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) finished with 19 points Sunday afternoon against the #5 ranked UConn Huskies and left the Hartford Civic Center as the Pioneer's all-time leading scorer. Pape came into the game needing 17 points to pass Diana Nicholls (1987-91) and will head to Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday with 1,635 career points. The Huskies posted an 82-40 win to give Head Coach Geno Auriemma his 600th career victory.
UConn's Tina Charles scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds while freshman Kaili McLaren, making her first start, also had a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0), who shrugged off a sluggish start. Renee Montgomery added 14 points and five assists.
Pape's 19 points came on seven-of-19 shooting in 38 minutes of action. The senior guard had 13 at halftime and went to the free throw line at 15:51 in the second half with a chance to break the record. After a media timeout, Pape buried both free throws to set the new mark and received a standing ovation from the 13,635 fans in attendance.
Auriemma, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September, is the 17th coach in women's Division I history to reach the 600-win milestone.
He did it faster than any other coach of women's basketball. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt reached the 600 mark in 734 games over 23 seasons. Auriemma coached 716 games in his 22 seasons at UConn, earning five NCAA titles and finishing unbeaten twice along the way.
Connecticut has won 192 consecutive games at home against unranked teams.
The Pioneers hung with the Huskies for the first 13 minutes, taking an early 9-4 lead and forced six early UConn turnovers from a zone defense. The Pioneers were ahead 23-22 with just over seven minutes to go, before the Huskies went on an 18-2 run to close the half up 40-25.
The Huskies held the Pioneers without a field goal for the final 7:19 before intermission, and then scored the first four points after the break. When Ketia Swanier stole a pass and drove for a lay-up with 11:52 left, the Huskies were up 60-35. They ended a 19-2 run ahead 73-37.
It was the first meeting between the two Connecticut schools, and just the fourth time the Pioneers have played a ranked team. They have lost all four.
SHU closes out the non-conference portion of their schedule and will now return to Northeast Conference play full time. The Pioneers travel to Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday for a 7 pm tip.