HARTFORD, Conn. -- Renee Montgomery scored 21 points and Maya Moore added 19 to help top-ranked Connecticut defeat No. 4 Rutgers, 66-46, Monday night and win the Big East regular-season championship in front of a near-sellout crowd of 15,779.
Tina Charles had 15 points and 17 rebounds for UConn, which won its second straight Big East regular-season title and 13th in the last 15 seasons.
The Huskies (29-1, 15-1) also earned the top seeding in the conference tournament that starts Saturday. Rutgers (24-5, 14-2) will be seeded No. 2. Both teams have first-round byes and don't play until the quarterfinals Sunday.
With UConn leading by two points early in the second half, Charles took over. She scored six points during a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 44-34 with 10:49 left. It was her 14th double-double this season.