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Friday, November 2, 2007
U.S. national team beats UConn as college tour continues

Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Lisa Leslie scored 19 points in her second game back with the U.S. national team after the birth of her first child, leading the squad to a 90-74 exhibition victory over Connecticut on Friday night.

Kara Lawson had 15 points and Seimone Augustus and former UConn star Diana Taurasi added 14 each. Taurasi hit four 3-pointers on the court where she led the Huskies to three national championships.

Renee Montgomery had 17 points and six assists for UConn, and freshman Maya Moore finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Huskies came out strong and led 11-8. Tina Charles scored six of those points and successfully tested the offseason surgery on her right shoulder early, hitting a hook shot over Leslie for her first points.

Moore, tapped to be the next Huskies star, showed her inside-outside game, making a layup and a 3-pointer in her first minute. She hit four of her first six shots.

But trailing 18-12, the national team took over and outscored UConn 33-14 over the final 12 minutes of the first half, taking a 45-32 lead into intermission.

The national team stretched that to 17, 53-36, early in the second half, before the Huskies began chipping away. Montgomery's free throw with 8:08 left made it 64-60.

But Connecticut had no real answer for the U.S. inside game. Leslie, who gave birth to daughter Lauren in June, ended the UConn run with a blocked shot and the U.S. scored the next 10 points.

UConn was dismal from the foul line, missing its first eight and shooting just 48 percent for the game, while the national team was 21-of-26.

The national team began its eight-game college tour with a 90-73 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night. The Americans will also play Tennessee, Baylor, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Southern Cal and Stanford.