HARTFORD, Conn. - Mel Thomas scored 19 points and showed off her long-range game as Connecticut opened its second week as the No. 1 team in the nation by routing Army 82-33 on Monday.
Thomas hit her first seven shots, five of 3-pointers, and the Huskies (11-0) put away the Black Knights (6-6) early in this New Year's Eve matinee, opening the game with a 17-3 run. Army (6-6) scored the next eight, but the Huskies responded with a 14-2 spurt and were not challenged again. They led 47-15 at the break, and sat their regulars for much of the second half.
Thomas played just 26 minutes, and finished 5-of-8 from 3-point range, after hitting just two from behind the arc in UConn's previous four games. She moved past Sue Bird and Jennifer Rizzotti into fourth place on UConn's career 3-point list with 212.
Army (6-6) was led by Cara Enright's seven points. Erin Anthony added four points and nine rebounds for the Black Knights.
UConn's Renee Montgomery had 12 points and freshman Maya Moore added 11 points and six assists. She has been in double figures in all 11 games.
Hoyas Cruise To Win Against Fordham
WASHINGTON - DaJuan Summers had 15 points and nine rebounds, Jonathan Wallace reached a pair of milestones in a 19-point effort and No. 7 Georgetown closed out its nonconference schedule with an 82-55 victory against Fordham on Monday.
Austin Freeman had 12 points and Jessie Sapp and Roy Hibbert added 11 each for the Hoyas (10-1), who open Big East play Saturday at Rutgers. Georgetown limited Fordham to 27 percent shooting (18-for-66).
Marcus Stout led Fordham (6-6) with 27 points and Bryant Dunston added 20 points and 16 rebounds.
The Rams, who had won three of four, fell to 27-23 against Georgetown in the first meeting between the private Jesuit universities since the 1978-79 season.
Wallace became the Hoyas' career leader in 3-pointers made, breaking the record of 189 set by Kevin Braswell from 1998-2002 on a shot from the top of the arc with 14:32 remaining in the first half. That basket started a 12-0 burst, capped by a left-corner 3 and a transition layup by Summers that made it 29-8.
TEXAS A&M 68, RICE 41: Josh Carter and DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points apiece, and No. 12 Texas A&M beat Rice for its sixth straight win.
Jordan, a 7-foot freshman, also had 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Texas A&M (13-1) moved into a tie for the second-best start in school history. It's the first time since the 1959-60 season the Aggies have been 13-1.
Lawrence Ghoram had 16 points and six rebounds for Rice (3-8).
VANDERBILT 97, IONA 73: No. 15 Vanderbilt is off to the best start in school history after beating Iona behind A.J. Ogilvy's 20 points and nine rebounds.
Shan Foster added 20 points, and Alan Metcalfe scored 14 for Vanderbilt (13-0), which won its first 12 games in 2003-04 and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Gary Springer led Iona (5-9) with 17 points, and Devon Clarke added 15 points and four rebounds.