Houston leads Huskies to preseason win

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Charde Houston scored 20 points and Connecticut beat the Houston Jaguars 71-65 Tuesday night in the Huskies' exhibition opener.

Houston, a sophomore forward, has struggled with a foot injury during the preseason, and UConn coach Geno Auriemma planned to use her for 15 to 20 minutes. She made the most of her 22 minutes.

"I wanted to go out there and make things happen,'' Houston said. "It's not about me. It's about the team and we have a lot to work on.''

The Jaguars, a traveling team of post-collegiate players, led by six points three times in the opening 10 minutes. Then, the Huskies' Houston took charge, scoring 16 points in the final 8:58 of the period on 6-for-7 shooting as Connecticut seized control with a 30-8 run.

She finished off the half by getting the ball at midcourt with 5.4 seconds left and driving in for a layup at the buzzer for a 40-24 lead.

"I thought Charde looked really good, considering she has been limited in practice,'' said Auriemma, whose team committed 29 turnovers. "There are things that Charde does on the floor that are impossible to describe and that are impossible for most teams to match up with.''

Barbara Turner added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut.

Georgia routs Augusta State
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Lady Bulldogs opened Tuesday's exhibition game with Augusta State with a 28-0 run on their way to a 105-43 victory. Sophomore Tasha Humphrey, last season's SEC freshman of the year, picked up where she left off with 27 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in just 22 minutes of work.

Sophomore Megan Darrah added 19 points, followed senior Desiré Bostice with 14, senior Sherill Baker with 12 and freshman Danielle Taylor with 11. Bostice was perfect from the floor as she went 6-for-6.

After its 28-0 start, Georgia pushed its lead to a 47-17 edge at halftime, thanks in large part to its defense. In the first 20 minutes, the Lady Bulldogs rolled up nine steals and forced the Lady Jaguars into 20 turnovers. For the game, Georgia posted 19 steals (seven by Baker) and forced Augusta State into 38 turnovers.

"I liked our energy level. We didn't always make plays or stop them when we could have, but that wasn't because of a lack of energy and effort," coach Andy Landers said " I liked the way we shot the ball when we put the ball in people's hands when they were in position to shoot.

"The downside is the way we rebounded the basketball. There has to be more intent and effort."

During the first half, the Lady Bulldogs lost freshman Angel Robinson to a sprained left knee. She will undergo further testing on Wednesday.

Irish win opener
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Senior All-America guard Megan Duffy scored a team-high 18 points to pace four Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish tipped off their 2005-06 season with an 84-59 exhibition victory over Division II Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Duffy connected on 7-of-13 shots from the floor, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, and added a game-high seven assists with just one turnover. Sophomore center Melissa D'Amico looked strong as well, collecting 16 points (7 of 12 from field) and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Lindsay Schrader got the starting nod in her first outing and responded with 13 points (6 of 13 from field) and matching D'Amico's game-high seven rebounds. Senior forward Courtney LaVere rounded out the double-figure scoring quartet with 10 points (5-for-9).

Notre Dame shot 53 percent from the floor (35-of-66) and owned a 40-29 edge on the boards. The Irish also had 25 assists and only 14 turnovers on the evening, with sophomore guard Tulyah Gaines nearly equalling Duffy's performance with six assists and one turnover.

"We have a lot of things we need to work on," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "Our defense and rebounding weren't that good tonight and that's something we'll address in practice. Offensively, we had some moments where we looked all right, but their zone caught us off guard a little since they hadn't played it at all last year and this was their first game this season."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.