No. 3 Connecticut traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium and made itself right at home inside No. 5 Duke’s famously noisy arena.
UConn, the last visiting team to win at Cameron, snapped the Blue Devils’ 34-game home winning streak with a 61-45 victory last night, forcing Duke to miss 19 consecutive shots during one stretch.
The Huskies made the Blue Devils look panicked and uncomfortable while holding them to a season-low 24.6 percent shooting and keeping them without a basket for roughly 12 minutes en route to their 10th straight win.
Bria Hartley scored 15 points and Caroline Doty added 11 points for the Huskies (20-2), who shot 45 percent and overcame 21 turnovers by forcing 15 from Duke.
“This particular group, I’m surprised, but we’re a really good defensive team,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “We kind of pride ourselves on that. We think we’re the best defensive team in the country, and kids buy into that.’’
Chelsea Gray scored 13 points for the Blue Devils (17-3), who had won 11 straight overall. It was their first setback at Cameron since UConn visited Durham, N.C., two years ago and handed them an 81-48 loss.
Elizabeth Williams added 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting for Duke, and her layup with just under 18 minutes left was the Blue Devils’ last basket until Haley Peters hit a 3-pointer with fewer than six minutes remaining.
The Huskies have dominated this series lately, winning five straight and routing Duke twice last season.
Monmouth 59, Central Connecticut 56 - Alysha Womack sank a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left, lifting the visiting Hawks (12-9, 7-3 NEC) past the Blue Devils (10-11, 4-6). Kirsten Daamen led Central Connecticut with 20 points.
Quinnipiac 89, Mount St. Mary’s 73 - Felicia Barron led six players in double figures with 19 points and the host Bobcats (16-5, 8-2 Northeast) built a 22-point halftime lead and cruised past the Mountaineers (8-13, 4-6) for their sixth straight win.
Sacred Heart 67, Wagner 57 - Callan Taylor led a balanced attack with 15 points and seven rebounds and the host Pioneers (15-5, 8-1 NEC) rolled past the Seahawks (2-18, 1-8).
Fairleigh Dickinson 54, Bryant 43 - Danielle Douglas scored 17 points but the host Bulldogs (12-9, 5-5 NEC) shot only 24.2 percent from the field in their loss to the Knights (10-12, 5-5).
Missouri 67, Texas 66 - Michael Dixon scored 21 points, including the winning layup with 31 seconds left, as the No. 4 Tigers edged the host Longhorns.
Ricardo Ratliff and Phil Pressey added 13 points each for Missouri (20-2, 7-2 Big 12). J’Covan Brown scored 20 for Texas (13-9, 3-6), which lost for the fifth time in six games, all to ranked teams. Two of those defeats were to Missouri.
Dixon’s winning shot came seconds after Brown had given Texas its first lead since the opening minutes.
Freshman Myck Kabongo had a chance to win it in the final seconds for Texas, but he missed a baseline jumper and Missouri’s Marcus Denmon grabbed the rebound.