By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — For the first time since the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and Duke began playing on an annual basis five years ago, it’s a close game between the two.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has 10 points as the third-ranked Huskies have a 32-30 lead over unbeaten and No. 4 Duke at halftime at Gampel Pavilion Monday night.
UConn (16-1) has led by as many as five. Duke (16-0) biggest lead came when Alexis Jones’ basket opened the scoring.
The Blue Devils erased an 11-6 deficit with an 8-2 run. UConn led 31-27 but Elizabeth Williams’ three-point play brought Duke within one. Moriah Jefferson’s free throw closed out the first-half scoring.
Jones has 12 points and Haley Peters nine for Duke.
The Huskies have their full roster available for the first time since Dec. 6 and UConn coach Geno Auriemma has used everyone but Heather Buck.
UConn leads the series with the Blue Devils 8-3 with five straight wins by an average of 29.2 points. Duke is the nation’s last unbeaten team.