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Lisa Leslie put up 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed out three assists and had three blocks in aiding the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women�s National Team (2-0) to a 90-74 victory over No. 2 University of Connecticut on Friday night in Storrs. With th

Lisa Leslie�s 19 Points Helps Lead USA To 90-74 Victory Over University Of Connecticut

Nov. 2, 2007 � Storrs, Conn.
 

Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) put up 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed out three assists and had three blocks in aiding the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's National Team (2-0) to a 90-74 victory over No. 2 University of Connecticut on Friday night in Storrs. With the victory, Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) continued their winning ways in Gampel Pavilion, home to their storied collegiate careers, and combined for 26 points and nine assists.

Also scoring in double digits for the U.S. squad were Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs) with 15 points, Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Taurasi posted 14 each and Katie Feenstra (Detroit Shock) came up with 10 points.

'We just beat a really good UConn team,' said USA and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan. 'They are obviously ready for another good season here. We felt good about the win. We had to play well, particularly in the second half in order to get the win. It was fun to see (Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi) come back home and see the crowd's reaction.'

The Huskies matched up with the USA squad and kept the game close with two tied scores and four lead changes to start the contest, but the U.S. finally took the lead for good on a Kara Braxton (Detroit Shock) layup at 9:36. From there, the United States steadily increased its lead and took a 13-point, 45-32, lead into the locker room.

Picking up where it left off, the Americans expanded the lead to 17 (53-36) on a pair of Leslie free throws as the game looked to be on its way to a blowout with 17:25 still to play. But UConn had other ideas. Capitalizing on the USA's 4-of-14 shooting and five turnovers, the Huskies fought their way back into contention, 64-60, by the 8:09 mark.

However, with the game at a seven-point margin a minute earlier, Donovan inserted four of her starters back in and the lineup of Bird, Lawson, Leslie, Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Los Angeles Sparks) and Taurasi got the red, white and blue back to a double-digit lead, 71-60, with 5:47 to play.

'They made a nice run,' said Taurasi. 'They made some tough shots, Kalana (Greene) made a nice shot, Mel (Thomas) made a nice shot. In situations like that you just have to go with things that work, keep it simple with pick and rolls, and get the ball into Lisa (Leslie). It's nice to have Lisa back.'
The USA continued to hold off UConn, going up by as many as 18 points, 83-65, with 3:33 to play, to take the victory.

UConn was led by a trio of USA Basketball gold medalists. Renee Montgomery, a 2006 USA U20 National Team member, paced her squad with 17 points and six assists; 2006 USA U18 National Team and 2007 USA 19 World Championship Team member Maya Moore scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds; while 2007 USA Pan American Team member Charde Houston put in 13 points.

The USA outrebounded UConn 47-37 and passed off for 24 assists on 31 field goals. However, the squad committed 16 turnovers for nine Connecticut steals.

Loree Moore (New York Liberty), who was on the roster for the 2007 College Tour, did not play again tonight due to a flare-up of a previous left knee aggravation. Moore, who also sat out the final three games during the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament, returned today to New York to continue treatment and rehabilitation.

The USA continues its 2007 College Tour on Sunday when it takes on defending NCAA champion University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Nov. 4 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) in a homecoming game for former Lady Vol Lawson. The USA will then battle Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on No. 6 at 7:00 p.m., on Nov. 8 the USA will meet Arizona State University in Tempe at 6:30 p.m., then returns to the Lone Star State for a Nov. 11 match-up against Texas A&M University in College Station at 6:00 p.m. Moving west to California for its final two games, Nov. 13 will see the USA pitted against the University of Southern California in Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m., and the USA concludes its tour on Nov. 15 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., at 7:00 p.m.

Donovan is being assisted by Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault.