STORRS, Conn. - Mel Thomas hit all four of her 3-pointers, Charde Houston had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Connecticut beat Boston University 84-51 Tuesday in the Huskies' final tune-up before a showdown with No. 9 Purdue.
Connecticut (3-0) opened with a 14-4 run and never let Boston U. (3-2) into the game. Thomas finished with 14 points, one of five Huskies to hit double figures. She was the only starter to play more than 20 minutes.
UConn added first-half runs of 12-0 and 10-0, capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Thomas. The first came on an assist from Ketia Swanier, who threw a no-look bounce pass between her own legs to Thomas at the top of the key.
The Huskies led 46-15 at halftime and cruised from there, outscoring BU just 38-36 in the second half.
UConn dominated underneath, outrebounding the Terriers 52-26. Houston grabbed her 10th rebound with 7:48 left in the first half, before BU had 10 points. It was her first double-double of the year.
Tina Charles had 12 points and eight rebounds, Kalana Greene added 11 points and Brittany Hunter had 10 for the Huskies.
Katie Meinhardt led BU with 12 points. The Terriers hit just one of their first 12 3-pointers, and shot just 34 percent from the field.
NO. 4 TENNESSEE 71, LOUISIANA TECH 50
In Ruston, La., Dominique Redding scored 13 points and Alberta Auguste added 11 to help Tennessee beat Louisiana Tech.
Tennessee (6-0) dominated from the start, getting a double-digit lead less than 7 minutes into the game.
Candace Parker scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots, the last of which led to an easy layup by Auguste. Sidney Spencer also had 10 points.
At the half, the Lady Volunteers were up 42-15.
Amber Metoyer scored 13 points and had nine rebounds for Tech (2-4), while Jokierra Sneed and Shan Moore, each added 12.