UConn women win Paradise Jam 91-57 over Purdue

Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm •  Published: November 24, 2012
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ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Connecticut's Breanna Stewart became just the second freshman to be the most valuable player at the women's Paradise Jam tournament.

The other was former UConn star Maya Moore.

Stewart scored 17 points Saturday to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 91-57 rout of No. 14 Purdue and the tournament championship.

She finished the three games with 57 points and has 90 this season. Moore had 93 through her first five games, and went on to win two national titles.

"I hope Breanna accomplishes the same things in college that Maya did," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "That would be a heck of a career."

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points for UConn (5-0), before leaving with just over 2 minutes left after taking what appeared to be an inadvertent elbow to the head.

The Huskies had four players in double figures.

Connecticut, which also beat Wake Forest by 61 points and Marist by 42 in the tournament, was expecting a tougher game from the previously undefeated Boilermakers (5-1).

But the Huskies jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed.

The defending Big Ten champions were blown out despite shooting 13 of 22 from 3-point range. Guard Courtney Moses led all scorers with 24 points, hitting six of her eight shots from behind the arc. KK Houser added 16 for the Boilermakers.

"We fought from start to finish, and I'm very proud of our team," Moses said. "We know where we need to go from here. It was a great game and no reason to hold our heads down."

But the Huskies dominated inside, outscoring Purdue 46-8 in the paint and blocking seven shots. Stewart had three of those.

Purdue turned the ball over on its first four possessions and missed its first five shots, as UConn opened the game on a 16-2 run.

"We missed shots early, probably eight layups, so if we could have had four of those layups it could have been just a different game," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

Moses kept Purdue in the game, hitting her first three 3-pointers and scoring 11 of her 24 in the first half. A 3-pointer and layup by Moses on back-to-back possessions cut the UConn lead to 27-15.