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Swanier caps huge rally to lift Connecticut past DePaul

Mar 2, 2008 - 4:07 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Ketia Swanier's layup with just over one second to play capped top-ranked Connecticut's huge second-half rally and lifted the Huskies to a 77-76 victory over DePaul in a Big East Conference thriller on Saturday.

Renee Montgomery scored 23 points and freshman Maya Moore had 16 and 13 rebounds for the Huskies (28-1, 14-1 Big East), who were down, 56-39, with 15:06 left to play.

But Connecticut slowly chipped away, using a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to 68-64 with 5:16 remaining. Montgomery later put the Huskies in front, 72-70, on a 3-pointer with 3:22 left before DePaul fought back and took a 76-74 advantage on a jumper by Allie Quigley with 30 seconds to play.

Montgomery made one free throw to cut the Blue Demons' lead to one, and after a steal by Moore, Swanier converted a layup with 1.6 seconds left to give Connecticut the win.

Swanier finished with nine points in the game for the Huskies, who moved into a first-place tie with Rutgers (14-1) atop the Big East with a showdown at home against the Scarlet Knights taking place on Monday.

Quigley finished with 27 points and Deirdre Naughton added 19 off the bench for DePaul (18-10, 7-8), which has lost three straight games.