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U.S. national team beats UConn as college tour continues

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.