From the deep snow of South Bend, the Huskies traveled to the greatest city in the world - duh, New York - to play St. John's at Madison Sqaure Garden in the second game of a doubleheader that began with the Syracuse men vs. St. John's.
It was another horrible weather day with more heavy snow. And most of the fans who came to the game left before the women's game began, a humilation for the game.
Samarie Walker. Hmmm. Samarie Walker? More on her soon.
By JOHN ALTAVILLA
NEW YORK - There was no digging out for the UConn women Wednesday morning. They were in New York Tuesday night, insulated from the record battering their home state took.
The No. 2 Huskies did their digging out at practice earlier this week after Saturday's close call at Notre Dame.
So it was a comfortable, comparatively relaxing day in preparation for their late show at the world's most famous arena.
And it was late, the opening tip of the Huskies' 84-52 victory over St. John's coming just after 9:30 p.m. as the second game of a doubleheader kicked off by the Syracuse men against the Red Storm.
And by the time the second half started - at nearly 10:45 - Madison Square Garden was almost empty after 14,400 originally filled it. There may have been 2,000 people in the place as the second half played out.
Still, the Huskies didn't let the echoes of bouncing basketballs bother them. They had no trouble stopping slumping St. John's.
"It was a good night for us, all around," said coach Geno Auriemma, who picked up his 750th career win against 123 losses in 26 seasons.
The Huskies were led by Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes, who each scored 21 points.
"[Hayes] shooting well really balances out our offense," Auriemma said.
Moore added eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Hayes was 5 of 8 from three-point range with eight rebounds.
And freshman Samarie Walker scored 15 points, shooting 6 of 9.
"I thought Samarie would keep getting better and better, but we reached a point where she stopped making progress," Auriemma said. "But over the last couple of days of practice, she's worked really hard at it. She's got a chance to be really good and it's up to her to decide how good."
Kelly Faris added 13 points and six rebounds for the Huskies (15-1, 5-0 Big East), who shot 57.1 percent and outrebounded St. John's, 41-18.
The Red Storm (12-5, 1-3), considered a preseason stalwart in the conference, have now lost four straight. But Auriemma wasn't swayed by their recent troubles.