Sunday, March 22, 2009

STORRS, CONN. (AP) - Tina Charles scored 32 points and Renee Montgomery added 19 _ all in the first half _ to help top-seed Connecticut rout No. 16 seed Vermont 104-65 on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The Huskies (34-0) entered the NCAAs unbeaten for the fourth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1996-97, the Huskies lost to Tennessee in the regional final.

UConn, which is seeking its sixth national title, will face either Florida or Temple in the second round Tuesday night.

It was the sixth time that Connecticut scored over 100 points in an NCAA tournament game and first since beating Long Island 101-29 in 2001.

Charles was 13-for-14 from the field, finishing just two points off her career high when she left for good with 13:34 left in the game.

Courtnay Pilypaitis led the Catamounts (21-12) with 24 points.

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